Posted on March 22, 2021March 22, 2021 by John SandersAnother hobby I recently began I’ve recently started a new area (for me) of photography called “Astro Photography”. Here are some recent photos and brief descriptions: The Orion Nebula is a diffuse nebula situated in the Milky Way, being south of Orion’s Belt in the constellation of Orion. It is 1,344 ± 20 light-years away and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. The M42 nebula is estimated to be 24 light years across. The Horsehead Nebula is approximately 422 parsecs or 1,375 light-years from Earth. It is one of the most identifiable nebulae because of its resemblance to a horse’s head. The Flame Nebula on the left side, is an emission nebula in the constellation Orion. It is about 900 to 1,500 light-years away. The Andromeda Galaxy is a barred spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light-years from Earth and the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way. This was 25 minutes total exposure time. Bode’s Galaxy is a grand design spiral galaxy about 12 million light-years away, with a diameter of 90,000 light years, in the constellation Ursa Major. In the same photo at the top, you can see a smaller galaxy called the Cigar Galaxy. Together they are called the M81 group. This was 73 minutes of exposure time. The Rosette Nebula is located near one end of a giant molecular cloud in the Monoceros region of the Milky Way Galaxy. The cluster and nebula lie at a distance of 5,000 light-years from Earth and measure roughly 130 light years in diameter. This was almost 2 ½ hours of exposure time. Orion 120mm Refractor with 50mm guide scope, iOptron CEM 25P motorized equatorial mount.