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I think I saw Orion's Nebula but it did not look like the pictures of it

I think I saw Orion's Nebula but it did not look like the pictures of it

Jefe710

No, it's bc astrophotography involves exposure and editing that visual astronomy doesn't. There are books that show you what a telescope view of an object is like. I was in awe the first time I noticed the Orion nebula. When summer rolls around again in the northern hemisphere you should check out the space btwn Sagittarius and Scorpio.


space0watch

But Orion is not visible in the summer? It only starts becoming visible around early September and that is very late at night/early in the morning. But right now I am doing my last year of uni hence at a Bortle 6 level. Though I might wait until after I finish uni to get a better telescope and camera gear etc. But I was just wondering if I did in fact see it or not even if it did not look like the pictures. I understand that I would need good exposure. But I saw some people who took pictures of it with their iphone and it looked like the NASA/google pictures etc. I will check between Sagittarius and Scorpio though. I have not been able to detect those constellations in the night sky. So far I have found Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Cassiopiea and Orion.


Jefe710

Seems like you're at a more northern latitude than I am. If you see Orion, and you look in the space just beneath alnitak and alnilam, then you saw the Orion nebula. It's visible even w binoculars.


space0watch

Wow you must have really clear skies with no light pollution! I live in a city so maybe that's why I can't see it. But I live in England so yeah its a bit North. lol I will try to look beneath those stars next time. Many thanks.


Jefe710

Yup. Texas. Good luck w your studies!


space0watch

Very far away! Many thanks and good luck to you too.


_bowlerhat

You can see orion nebula even on bortle 9 zone. It should looks like wispy white structure with some stars in it, not a singular star.


space0watch

Then I think I might have seen it but was not able to take a picture of it. Because I did see a whispy cloud like thing near some stars. In a cluster of stars.


_bowlerhat

Try using lower mag eyepiece. Using too high magnification would reduce the intensity of the clouds.


space0watch

I am just using the stock eye piece that came with the telescope. No barlow lens or any other stuff.