This is the view of the Orion constellation from my back garden. I took this photograph two nights ago and have been trying out some editing software Adobe DNG converter and working with the RAW camera files.
RAW files contain much more information and you can adapt the image to your own liking assuming you got a decent steady shot in the first place. This image below was taken using a tripod
You can spend hours tweaking the image and this image below is with just some basic tweaks to sharpen up the stars a little.
This last image below has been cropped in to show more of the constellation in detail. I can see that I am going to be spending a lot of time enhancing my astro-photographs. I'm happy that I am getting some better photos. Using the RAW files we can pull out more colours in the various stars.
How far is Orion from Earth?
Orion is 1,344 light years away. That means that if you could built a spaceship capable of travelling at the speed of light.
Light travels at a constant speed of 186,282 miles per second (1.07 billion) km per hour
It would take you 1,344 years to get there!
The belt of Orion has been fascinating us humans since we first looked up into the night sky. You can observe it in the northern hemisphere at this time of year. It rises around 3 a.m.
Camera Canon 70D f/1.4 Exp. 12 seconds ISO 100 Lens Sigma 30 mm
Software Adobe DNG converter + Photoshop
The exposure of 12 seconds was a little too long and the image started to get some trails so next time I will reduce the exposure time.
Close up the Belt of Orion.