How far is Orion from Earth?

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

Orion Constellation


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You can spend hours tweaking the image and this image below is with just some basic tweaks to sharpen up the stars a little.

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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.

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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

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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.

Belt of Orion


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@molometer thanks for sharing information about Orion.love your work ,your stars photography is amazing.keep sharing.

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Thanks Rohit, glad you enjoyed this post. I'll carry on with my journey into the stars. :-)

Really nice shots @molometer :-)
Orion also contains Betelgeuse, a very impressive star. It’s around 1000 Times bigger than our sun.

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The distances to these places is truly 'astronomical' and the size of these objects is mind boggling!

And these are just the local objects that we can see with the naked eye. It is absolutely wonderful that we have the opportunity to witness such incredible things. We just have to look up. :-)

I've been practicing with the RAW data today and zoomed in on Orions Belt. This shows two things.

A lot more stars in the region and more importantly the need to get the exposure time right and a steady tripod. The star-trails are visible even at 12 seconds. More practice for me :-)

I've cropped Betelgeuse out of this image below. Dooh! lol

Belt of Orion


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The stars are almost round, that's good :-)
For me, it looks more that the focus is not 100% accurate or the tripod was shaking a little bit. Do you use the mirror lock-up?
Maybe it also an objective thing? Then it should help to choose the aperture higher. Something like around f2.0 or f2.8.

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The tripod was mounted on my wooden patio which is not the most stable place. I'll move it onto the lawn.
I'll try your suggestions on the mirror lock-up and apeture settings.
I'm getting better results the more that I practice and I'm getting to grips with the many options on my camera :-)

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Your pictures are already very good :-)
The great thing about astrophotography is that you have a very long time to practice. The objects hide when they disappear for months, but next year they are back again, even in the exact same place. :-)

When you've finished trying to dim the aperture, you can try stacking some pictures. ;-)

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Thank you Kevin for your support, it is very much appreciated. I'll try some stacking on the next clear night. I am enjoying this journey of discovery very much. It's always great to learn exciting new things. ;-)

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That's true, learning new things is really great :-)
I'm already very excited about the pictures. If you need information what software and how to do, just ask me :-)
The nights should become very good in the next days. The Moon will go away. New Moon will be on 9th September.
Btw. Do you have Discord?

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The sun is going down earlier and earlier already so we can look forward to the nights being longer very soon. I am on Discord. Hit me up. :-)

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glad you are explaining this.. great shots
I would really enjoy getting shots of the stars..
So you don't want the trails.

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The trails can be nice if that is what you are going for. Here is one I made earlier.

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But if you want pin sharp images you need to reduce the exposure time and get the aperture right.
It's great fun and very satisfying when you see something you have never seen before.

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Omg I love this.

I like the other ones too. If we ever get a clear night again. I feel like building Noah's Ark here.

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Keep safe and keep bailing out the water. Invest in a boat :-) thanks for the tip.

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watch what you say lol

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so happy to find this resteeming .. as you know I am interested in night photography...need to still get into it more.

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Thank you @photobe for the resteem it is very much appreciated.
I'm looking forward to your night photography.

Wonderful shot! This is really nice! 😊

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Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed this post. It was a lot of fun making it.

Wow! Excellent photo! Now that is one of the handful of constellations that I can recognize.

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Horay! I'm so glad you liked this post @melinda010100 astrophotography isn't everyone's cup of tea but I am finding it totally fascinating what you can get with just a camera.

My sons and me have been meaning to get a telescope for a couple of years. I may get one after I have exhausted what I can do with my existing equipment.