Constellation tour in Winter

Date & Time: Nov 18 1998, 24:54 JST(+0900), 20min. Exp.
Optical: SMC TAKMAR f=105mm F2.4, Aperture: F2.8, with FOGGY [B] filter
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI EM-200 Equatorial
Camera: PENTAX 67
Film: Ektachrome E200 (+1EV pushed)
Location: Ooizumi vil., Yamanashi pref.
Digitized by Kodak PRO PHOTO CD service

ASCII/Astroarts StellaNavigator
The master of winter skies, searching the constellation should be no problem. It includes two stars with over first magnitude, the Orion's belt that consists of three stars with second magnitude, and the most splendid celestial object of the Great Orion Nebula, etc. He lords over the heavens from late fall.
Alpha Ori, Betelgeuse is positioned at the right arm of Orion glows with a dull red. The star is singular in the constellation because almost all members in Orion include Rigel, beta Ori, are emitting the bluish light. They were born in the Great Orion Nebula a few millions years ago and have spread to present positions. Betelgeuse has no relation with these brothers.
Around the celestial field of Orion includes gigantic hydrogen clouds, and the field is called the "Orion Association".

Guide for Deep Sky Objects

The Great Orion Nebula M42 .....Splendid Nebula just under Orion's belt, 1300 ly. away
M78 .....Small & bright Nebula 2.5 degree NNE of zeta Ori, 1600 ly. away
Horse head Nebula .....Wide-spread Nebula just like a horse head south of zeta Ori, 1300 ly. away
Great Orion Nebula to Horse Head Nebula .....Splendid diffused nebulae around the center of Orion
Monkey Nebula .....Diffused Nebula near the boundary on Gemini, 3300 ly. away
The Angel Fish .....Vast diffused Nebula with a diameter of 5 degree at Orion's head
Orion Association .....Distribution of fine nebulae encircling the whole of Orion
Barnard's Loop(Sh2-276) .....Vast supernova remnant distributed in eastern region of Orion
NGC1788 .....Dark & reflection nebula near a border to Eridanus
NGC1973 .....An emission nebula just 1deg. north of Great Orion Nebula
NGC1999 .....Small reflection nebula just 1 deg. SSE of M42, 1500 ly. away
NGC2022 .....Small planetary nebula bathed in The Angel Fish
NGC2112 .....Medium-sized open cluster bathed in the Barnard's Loop
Around IC426 .....Several dimmed reflection nebulae around the Orion's belt
IC2162 .....Compact reddish nebula just south of Monkey Nebula
Sh-261 .....Medium-sized diffused nebula north of nu Ori
Sh2-263, Sh2-265 .....Dimmed emission & reflection nebulae spread around 2deg. NW of gamma Ori
Around Sh2-278 .....A diffused nebula 4deg. west of M42 & surrounding faint nebulosities
vdB37 .....A medium-scaled reflection nebula 6deg. NW of rambda Ori
vdB62 .....A small reflection nebula 5 deg. NE of Altanik

The winter's Diamond

Eridanus & Fornax

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