Orion Nebula by William Bullimore

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Lens: Meade LX200 Telescope
Exposure: 146 sec
Aperture: f10
Focal Length: 2500mm
ISO Speed: 1600
Accessories: Off-axis Guider, Canon RC1 Wireless Remote
Date and Time: 13 January 2011 10.40pm

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Last night we went to the Warrumbungle Observatory which is owned and operated by Peter Starr. After his very interesting talk, he was kind enough to allow Frank and I to attach our cameras to his telescope. We photographed Jupiter, the moon, the Orion Nebula, Eta Carinae and the Pleiades. I’ve always wanted to do this and he has inspired me to pursue this when I can afford to get a decent telescope of my own. If you’re interested in astrophotography and are in the vicinity of Coonabarabran, check out his website and make a booking. It’s well worth it.

From Wikipedia

The Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula situated south of Orion’s Belt. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. M42 is located at a distance of 1,344 ± 20 light yearsand is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. The M42 nebula is estimated to be 24 light years across. Older texts frequently referred to the Orion Nebula as the Great Nebula in Orion or the Great Orion Nebula.

The Orion Nebula is one of the most scrutinized and photographed objects in the night sky, and is among the most intensely studied celestial features. The nebula has revealed much about the process of how stars and planetary systems are formed from collapsing clouds of gas and dust. Astronomers have directly observed protoplanetary disks, brown dwarfs, intense and turbulent motions of the gas, and the photo-ionizing effects of massive nearby stars in the nebula. There are also supersonic “bullets” of gas piercing the dense hydrogen clouds of the Orion Nebula. Each bullet is ten times the diameter of Pluto’s orbit and tipped with iron atoms glowing bright blue. They were probably formed one thousand years ago from an unknown violent event.

William Bullimore lives in Brisbane where he is studying a Bachelor of Photography at Griffith University. He has been actively pursuing his love of photography for the last eight years.

He is an Emerging Member of the AIPP and is currently working in the industry.

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  • kraMPhotografie
    kraMPhotografieover 4 years ago


  • Thanks Mark.

    – William Bullimore

  • Željko Malagurski
    Željko Malagurskiover 4 years ago

    Almost like Hubble, William, fantastic work!

  • Thanks so much Zeljko.

    – William Bullimore

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Amazing shot William!

  • Thank you Rosie.

    – William Bullimore

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertover 4 years ago

    Wow! This is an amazing image, William!!!!

  • Thanks very much Brenda.

    – William Bullimore

  • Andrew Murrell
    Andrew Murrellover 4 years ago

    great shot of Orion.

  • Thank you Andrew.

    – William Bullimore

  • leonie7
    leonie7over 4 years ago


  • Thanks very much Lee.

    – William Bullimore

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Hugh.

    – William Bullimore

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 4 years ago

    Truly amazing!!

  • Thanks Angie.

    – William Bullimore

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

    Amazing shot William, this is so awesome

  • THanks very much Kathy.

    – William Bullimore

  • Lynden
    Lyndenover 4 years ago

    Great shot William!

  • Thank you Lynden.

    – William Bullimore

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