Ori­on Region (H‑a)

Ori­on is one of the most prom­in­ent con­stel­la­tions of the North­ern winter night­sky. Beside of the Ori­on Neb­ula (M42, NGC 1976), many well known objects can be found in this region. Near the cen­ter of the image, the tree stars Alni­tak, Alnilam and Min­taka are build­ing the belt of Ori­on. The famos Horse­head Neb­ula (Barn­ard 33) is just below Alni­tak, while the Flame Neb­ula (NGC 2024) is just above. The Great Ori­on Neb­ula (M42, NGC 1976) is vis­able in the lower middle of the image. The huge glow­ing cloud in the left part of the image is a part of Barn­ard’s Loop, includ­ing M78.

This image cov­ers about 10x10 degree and is cre­ated by assem­bling a 9 pan­el mosa­ic. North is up in this image.


Taka­hashi FSQ-106EDX III
Andor CG16M
Astro­don Gen2
Ha 2700 min overall
ROSA Remote Obser­vat­or­ies South­ern Alps
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

Find­er Chart Ori­on Region (H‑a)

Orion Mosaic Sky Chart - Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

Image cre­ated by Skychart

About Me

Hello, my name is Martin Rusterholz. I’m a Swiss amateur astrophotographer living near Zurich, the biggest town in Switzerland. My interest in astronomy started when I was 16. At that time, I built my first Newtonian telescope and mount. I studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) which was the only study including at least some aspects of astronomy and astrophysics. “Looking at the nights sky is an experience touching everybody deeply inside, something common to all human beings independent to the language spoken by the individuals”. Deep-sky astrophotography is my passion.