RBA's Astrophotography

Orion, from Head to Toes

Posted: October 22nd, 2010

From the APOD: Cradled in cosmic dust andglowing hydrogen, stellar nurseries in Orion the Hunter lie at the edgeof a giant molecular cloud some 1,500 light-years away. Spanning nearly 25 degrees, this breath-taking vista stretches across the well-known constellation from head to toe (left to right). The Great Orion Nebula, the closest large star forming region, is right of center. To its left are the Horsehead Nebula, M78, and Orion's belt stars.  In this 3x8 mosaic of broadband telescopic images, additional image data acquired with a narrow hydrogen alpha filter was used to bring out the pervasive tendrils of energized atomic hydrogen gas and the arc of the giant Barnard's Loop.

Personal notes about the image to be added shortly...



NGCaarón (Contact, Page), October 23rd, 2010, 5:52
Congrutalations from Spain for another APOD!!!!!
This photo is fantastic. I love Orion.

zoila miranda (Contact, Page), October 23rd, 2010, 6:19
Rogelio, felicidades,mi pronóstico se está cumpliendo...estoy tan contenta que voy a festejar tu nueva APOD.

Linda foto de Orión

Javier (Contact, Page), October 23rd, 2010, 7:56
Simply, best mosaic I saw!!!
Amazing Orion´s landscape!!!

Ánimo, a por otra APOD...

Once again, Congratulations!

marco (Contact, Page), October 23rd, 2010, 10:36
You are a master, this image (and the others too) is unbeliveble! Congratulation...

NH2501 (Contact, Page), October 23rd, 2010, 14:11
It's almost believable You haven't shot it from space :-)

Fabien (Contact, Page), October 23rd, 2010, 16:47
Before seeing your picture, i didn't know it was possible to obtain this result from earth.

This is a master piece!!!!

How did you do that?

Bob (Contact, Page), October 23rd, 2010, 18:06
I've been waiting decades to see a photo like this that shows all of the wonders of Orion in one color frame. This may be the single best and most impressive astroimage I have ever seen. Fabulous work!

zoila miranda (Contact, Page), October 23rd, 2010, 19:31
Analizando la foto más despacio pude localizar la fotogénica cabeza de caballo, es una más de esta preciosa nebulosa que encanta, la presentación en esta imagen... es inédita...la he comparado con otrs fotos de la nebulosa de Orion y creo que no la superan, sobre todo porque está en todo el conjunto que la rodea, bien empleado esa frase utilizada "Orion, de pies a cabeza".
Gracias RBA cada vez te superas a ti mismo...mis predicciones se estan cumpliendo...

Francis Ahn (Contact, Page), October 24th, 2010, 7:53
Wow, I was almost stunned..
Very very impressive ..
Thank you....

David Hough (Contact, Page), October 24th, 2010, 13:43
I have never seen such a detailed and deep image of this area until this one. It is a glorious image and one to be marked for the ages!

RBA (Contact, Page), October 24th, 2010, 19:05
Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments and taking the time to post them!

Bob, what moved me to embrace in this project was indeed the fact that I too wanted to see a full (or almost full) image of Orion in one color frame. I haven't had time to write my own comments yet, but one thing I will be mentioning is that the mosaic isn't finished and I'm hoping to be adding a few more frames to it in the next couple of months.

Zoila y Javier, muchas gracias!!

Chris Beere (Contact, Page), October 26th, 2010, 13:35
Genius, your wide field images will become the benchmarks by which all future efforts will be judged.

Massive Respect Bro :)

Jack Brooks, SBIG partner (Contact, Page), October 26th, 2010, 17:37
Your Orion image is the best I can remember seeing.
The detail is exquisite. I used to be able to trace Barnard's Loop visually through a C 8, but of course not with that detail. I will try that again with my 6" AP when Orion gets higher.

Congratulations. jb

Louie Atalasidis (Contact, Page), October 30th, 2010, 19:34
Excellent work Rogelio!and was most worthy of the APOD!

Guillermo Abramson (Contact, Page), November 19th, 2010, 10:50
Rogelio, tus fotos son extraordinarias. Felicitaciones acompañadas de sana envidia. Sos un genio. Esta noche voy a mostrar esta foto en una charla sobre El universo invisible. Está bien?

RBA (Contact, Page), November 19th, 2010, 11:04
Thanks everyone - Chris, Jack, Louie - for your comments!

Guillermo, por supuesto, no hay ningún problema.

Michael Bertelsen (Contact, Page), December 7th, 2010, 14:41
Waau!Your work and skill is simply incomprehensible i have never seen anything like this before. Hubble is blown away!!..

Best regards

Rick (Contact, Page), December 15th, 2010, 13:41
Rogelio, beautiful pictures. I'm so thrilled to learn you live nearby! I took my own first successful images at Coe (with a Canon 60D), and recently acquired an SBIG ST-7 with filter wheel. I hope to try it out as soon as the weather improves. I'd love to tag along some time and watch you work.

Hperez (Contact, Page), December 19th, 2010, 21:18
Simply breath-taking! Masterpiece!!! Well done, sir.

I ordered one from your Zazzle store :)

Thank you for this beautiful image.

David Mihalic (Contact, Page), January 1st, 2011, 18:56
Perhaps the best APOD ever made! A magnificent work of art.

Anonymous (Contact, Page), February 7th, 2011, 15:20
Forever alone

anon (Contact, Page), February 7th, 2011, 15:32
Forever orion

Max Leiva (Contact, Page), February 19th, 2011, 10:23
I like this one so much that I'm using it as my desktop wallpaper.
Well done!
from Luxembourg

Mariano García (Contact, Page), June 2nd, 2011, 16:08
Hola Rogelio! He conocido tu página a través de tu amigo Luis, al que recientemente conocí cuando acudí al Corte Inglés de Murcia para informarme sobre unos telescopios. Me dijo que visitara tu página inmediatamente si aún no lo había hecho y... guau! Qué puedo decir... Me uno a todos aquellos que se han quedado perplejos ante tanta maravilla y tanta perfección en el arte de la astrofotografía. Enhorabuena por tal azaña y por todos tus logros tales como premios y concesiones al APOD. Realmente una recomendación brillante, tendré tu página en favoritos y la seguiré muy a menudo de ahora en adelante. De nuevo, mis felicitaciones, un saludo!

frank (Contact, Page), July 1st, 2011, 5:12
Absolument superbe, de toute beauté, magnifique...

André Fontaine (Contact, Page), July 27th, 2011, 9:06
je débute en astrophotographie et j aime bien les photos grand champ mais la je suis renversé par la beautée et la qualité de cette photo les détails son remarquablement incroyable un travail de maître a tous les niveaux capture et traitement un gros bravo !!! cette photo est un model de perfection pour moi

Andy D'Arienzo (Contact, Page), September 9th, 2011, 16:21
Rogelio, I have been looking at this photo from time to time. It is just absolutly beautiful.

RBA (Contact, Page), September 11th, 2011, 12:29
Thanks everyone for your comments and for stopping by!

Frans Lalleman (Contact, Page), February 16th, 2012, 8:29
A great inspiration , your blog reads like a boys novel .
Felicidades con un otra apod
Regards from the Netherlands
Frans Lalleman

José María Gómez Gómez (Contact, Page), November 14th, 2012, 6:08
Rogelio eres el mejor un maestro de la Astrofotografía

John Barrett (Contact, Page), November 25th, 2012, 20:21
One of the most amazing/beautiful astronomical images I've seen; this is stunning.

Syed Abbas. (Contact, Page), June 9th, 2013, 11:03
WOW!!!! I `have never seen such detail in wide angle astrophotography . Beautiful!!

Kayron Mercieca (Contact, Page), September 27th, 2013, 15:52
Amazing image indeed. May I ask, did you also bin the Luminance images or are these 1x1?

RBA (Contact, Page), September 28th, 2013, 5:17
Kayron, L is unbinned. I rarely ever bin luminance.

niggerratchi (Contact, Page), September 9th, 2014, 10:32
i hate the pictures they scare me

Hunlon Sue (Contact, Page), March 17th, 2015, 17:35
I have only just discovered this image. It is absolutely stunning. Not only is it an awesome astro image it is truly educational in that it captures the Orion Molecular Complex and puts all the other nebulae in context. This image truly deserves the accolades and all credit to Rogelio for producing it and sharing it with the world! Kudos.

Silvio Rebolledo Manchola (Contact, Page), May 27th, 2015, 3:02
Maravillosas fotos; comienzo a ver las cosas de otra manera. Felicitaciones.

Joel (Contact, Page), August 21st, 2019, 7:26
Muy lindas fotos

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