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10 image mosaic of the Orion Nebula, Horsehead Nebula, Flame Nebula, M78 and Barnards Loop. A total of about 78 hours of imaging.

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Comment by Philip A Cruden on March 16, 2012 at 4:13pm

Man Alistair you really know how to get attention, truly amazing image. Have you sent this in to APOD. If you ever create a book, this would have to be the jacket wrap and of course open on the table with the pages down. Remarkable!

Comment by Erik larsen on February 26, 2012 at 9:49pm

Amazing shot , all the time looks to have been well worth it.

Comment by Alistair Symon on February 26, 2012 at 5:07pm

Thanks everyone for your kind comments. Trevor, keep up the good work. It took me the last 7 years of patientce, learning and mistakes to produce these types of images. Ray, I use a Takahahsi 5 inch refractor for all my images. Its the best scope I ever owned. I live just North West of Tucson so I have reasonably dark skies (I can see the Milky Way) but there is still some light polution I get from the city.

Comment by Dave Lane on February 26, 2012 at 4:05pm

Can I be as cool as your some day? Awesome is all I can say.

Comment by Trevor Woodrow on February 26, 2012 at 3:28pm

In-freakin'-credible! And is now my new desktop wallpaper. Fantastic work! If I shot this, I would just print it and stare at it for days. It is my hope to produce something 1/10th as good that keeps me trying to get better in this hobby. Thank you Mr. Symon for the inspiration!

Comment by Raymond Kneip on February 26, 2012 at 2:22pm

Really incredible! What optics do you use and how dark is your sky to get all this?

Comment by Conor on February 26, 2012 at 1:57pm

This is absolutely incredible, Alistair. I'm speechless. You really ought to start selling these!

Comment by Mark Roberts on February 26, 2012 at 12:09pm

You just keep outdoing yourself Alistair! The bar is getting really high. Well done.

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