The Deep Photographic Guide to the
The constellation of the month
Mark the Deep Sky Objects
Latin: Orion (Ori)
For most observers Orion is the most impressive constellation of the sky,
no doubt. With its large number of bright stars and the distinct group
given by the three belt stars it is easy to find in the winter sky
In mid-january Orion culminates at about 22 h local time.
Observers located at the terrestrial equator can see the constellation
marching through the zenith; the belt stars are at a declination of about
0 degrees. Orion's position is also close to the galactic equator, you
already can see dense star fields in the upper left corner.
| English:|| Hunter
|| Spanish:|| Orión
| German:|| Orion
|| French:|| Orion
Orion offers a wealth of
interesting and famous objects
like the great Orion Nebula M 42/43 and the Horsehead Nebula (at IC 434).
The brightest star is Rigel (Beta Orionis), visible in the lower right.
Against the convention, that greek letters are given in order of
intensity, the second bright star Beteigeuze is named Alpha Orionis
(Orions left 'shoulder').
© all photographs taken by
Till Credner and