I would like to tell you the story of my relationship with the Orion nebula. I hope you won't find it too boring because this is how I started my astro journey.
Since I was a child I've been attracted by the night sky looking up amazed by the twinkling little stars. I was making play-doh planets and space rockets all the time. When I was 12, I heard my father talking about something in space called The Great Orion nebula. That made me look at the night sky even more and always made me wonder what it was and where it could be.
Over time, growing up, I kind of lost interest in it until June 2016.
I was watching a documentary about telescopes and the night sky and I decided to buy my first telescope. It was a only small newtonian. I wasn't really happy with it so I decided to send it back and get a bigger one, SW explorer 200p. I started documenting myself about the telescope and the night sky and I stumbled upon The Great Orion nebula, my childhood mystery space object. I was amazed by the photos, I couldn't belive my eyes. The childhood memories started rolling back in my mind and I was very excited to know more. In september 2016 I had the chance to go to a dark site and I hoped from the bottom of my heart I was gonna be able to see it with my own eyes. And guess what, I did. I was absolutely speechless, I had tears of joy in my eyes and felt how the gap that I had in my soul for such a long time is finally being filled. In that moment I thought to myself that I wanna capture this beautiful wonder of the night sky.
I started documenting myself again about astrophotography and in November 2016 I took my first Deep Sky Object photo and guess what it was of? The Great Orion nebula of course. I took the photo through an eyepiece using my mobile phone. I was happier than you could ever imagine.
Of course I couldn't stop to that and I bought a Canon 700d, I sent it to Juan at Cheap Astrophotography for a Baader mod and the first DSO photo taken with it was also of M42
So here I am now , doing something that I never thought it would be possible.
Thank you!

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