Friday, 25 May 2012

Orion Setting in Twilight Colours

You may know from previous blog posts of mine that I just love the rich colours of mid-late twilight. I can't take enough photo's of those wonderful colours (blues, golds, oranges - strong and rich), and the smooth gradient.

Here is a fine example of twilight colours, from last weekend out in the Wheatbelt. Taken with the very wide Canon 8-15mm fisheye lens the horizon is curved, nicely cradling the constellation of Orion with a golden rim.

Click to see the larger image and you will clearly see Orion's belt and sword, along with bright stars Betelgeuse, Rigel, Sirius, Canopus, and more.

Below the bright stars in the photograph are labeled:

In my opinion Orion is one of the few vaguely recognisable constellations. Orion, Crux (Southern Cross) and Scorpius are the ones I think are quite easy to make out. Preferring science to mythology the constellations are for me simply a way to find one's way around the night sky.

This picture might help you spot it yourself in the twilight sky! Take a peak outside just after dinner. The photograph was taken at 6:11pm local time, so approximately 45 minutes after sunset, looking west.

Posters, prints and canvas are available of this photograph of Orion, contact us for enquiries.


  1. I like how the sunset is there plus the Orion constellation. Very beautifal.
    Tony Lane

  2. That's Beautiful. So i can get the spelling correct.
    Tony Lane

  3. Thanks Tony for your feedback, much appreciated and I'm glad you liked it.