This wide field image shows the Orion’s Belt and several nebulae behind the viewpoint of El Pla de la Guàrdia, a perfect place to stargaze located in Prades (Tarragona).

The image is the result of combining several individual images to enhance the details of the Orion constellation. All the images have been captured at the same place and time with a Sony A7s astro modified and a Samyang 135mm lens.

Several nebulae can be seen in this sky scape: The Great Orion Nebula (Messier 42), the Running Man Nebula Sh2-279, the Horsehead Nebula (IC 434), the Flame Nebula Sh2-277, and the reflection nebula Messier 78. All the field is surrounded by the Barnard’s Loop, Sh2-276.

Image Details

Landscape: 1 single image 30″ 2000ISO f/2.8

Sky: Stacking of 40×30″ 3200ISO f/2.8


Total exposure: 20 minutes and 30 seconds.


Data acquisition: 13th of March 2021.

Location: Pla de la Guàrdia, Prades (Tarragona, Catalonia – Spain).

Darkness: 21.50 mag/arcsec2


Lens: Samyang 135mm

Camera: SonyA7S

Mount: SW Star Adventurer



Aleix Roig – Prades (Tarragona, Spain), July 2021.



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