Orion to Southern Cross
15mm lens+ Sbig ST11000 ccd camera + Astrodon LHaRVB filters +
times : L=R=V=B=9x10min Ha=18x10min
© Stéphane Guisard
"Los Cielos de Chile"
This very wide field image shows the Milky Way region between Orion
(which looks very
tiny at the very top right corner) and Crux (Southern Cross)
constellations (at the
bottom left of the image). About twenty constellations are visible
in this uncommon view of the Southern sky. The image shows :
-the three brightest and biggest galaxies as seen from Earth : the
Milky Way (our galaxy) and the large
Magellanic clouds (at
the bottom right of the image).
-the two brightest stars of our sky : Sirius and Canopus, (the third
one, alpha Centauri, just missed it at the bottom edge !)
-the two brightest and biggest (and also most famous) emission nebulae
of the sky : The Eta
Carina Nebula and the Orion
The whole image has also many other Halpha nebulae. For example, from
top right to
bottom left : LBN865
just above Orion, the Barnard
loop around Orion, the horsehead nebula region and M42 inside the Orion
the left of Orion are the bright Rosette
nebula with the cone
nebula region above it. Top left of Sirius is NGC2327 and diffuse
SH2-310 at its lower left. The big red
ring in the middle left of the image (more than 40 degrees in diameter
!), is the Gum Nebula (named after Australian astronomer Colin Stanley
Gum),it is the remanent gas ring of an ancient supernova more than 1
million years old. At
the bottom left of the image, is the rich
region containing Eta
Carina Nebula area , the Southern
Cross constellation and Coal Sack region..
If you are getting lost ..... you can get a help with this labelled image.
Labelled image (with white text for
the constellations Latin name, red for stars name, and yellow for
objects name or catalogue number).