Except for my mosaic this is my widest and probably deepest view ever of The Great Orion Nebula combining data captured from my Bortle 4.0 sky and amateur backyard observatory in Fremont, Michigan from 2010 through to 2014 using QHY9 and QHY11 Mono CCD’s, 5 inch TMB 130, 3.6" TMB92 refractor and Takahashi E180 Astrograph. Collected using LRGB + H-A filters and covering 4.08 x 2.91 degrees of sky.
The constellation of Orion is home to many treasures, including the Orion Nebula seen here. A small part of the immense Orion Molecular Cloud, M42 is perhaps the most studied extra-solar object in the sky. intricate and picturesque filaments of dust.
Other images in my Orion collection can be seen here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.549341561779458.1073741827.390932634287019&type=3
Palmer says now that he did not know that Cecil was a favorite, and regrets killing the lion now. But he says this is an activity he "loves" and had practiced "legally" and "responsibly". First of all, it doesn't matter if Cecil was a favorite or not--he should NOT have done it AT ALL. There's a HUGE problem when the word "love" is tied to taking the lives of innocent animals, and when you can do so "legally". There's NOTHING "responsible" about killing endangered animals for sport. It's sick, and needs to be stopped.
I almost lost faith in humanity when I read this, until I reminded myself of the outpouring of support for Cecil and condemning of Palmer's actions. Wildlife is precious. Something needs to be done to stop people from hunting for "sport". There is no sport in killing animals. There once roamed some 200,000 lions in Africa, but today, there are only 30,000 left. Hunting for "sport" is putting endangered species on the brink of extinction. Something needs to be done to put a stop to hunting for sport. It's cruel, it's sick, and it's wrong.
I posted this because as many of you already know, I hold animals and wildlife very dear to my heart, and I could no longer bear without speaking up about it. And as I wrote this, I had to fight through tears many times. I couldn't bear to post the image of Cecil being pictured as Palmer's "trophy" kill, so instead, I opted for this one, when Cecil was beautiful and alive. I immediately signed the petition to have this man pay for his sickening actions (thank you for sharing it, Rhiannon). When I signed it this afternoon after having read it, there were just about 40,000 signatures. Now, there are 185,000 (and this has increased from about 173,000 just over the time it took me to write this; it'll probably be more than 185,000 when you open the link). I'll post the link so that you too can help bring justice to Cecil.
RIP, beautiful Cecil. RIP to ALL the animals that Palmer has taken the lives of. Gone but never forgotten <3
The petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/821/738/351/demand-justice-for-cecil-the-lion-in-zimbambwe/
About Cecil and some of the other exotic animals Palmer took the lives of (this one is a difficult, there are LOTS of images of all the exotic and beautiful animals this sick man has killed for "sport" (I shudder when I pair words like "sport" with "hunting" or "killing")): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/zimbabwe/11767119/Cecil-the-lions-killer-revealed-as-American-dentist.html
About Cecil and Palmer's "reaction" to finding out he's killed a local favorite: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33695872?ocid=socialflow_facebook
Another one--5 facts aboutwhat Palmer did to Cecil, and what he's done in the past: http://heavy.com/news/2015/07/walter-palmer-minnesota-dentist-hunter-killed-cecil-the-lion-dead-shot-zimbabwe-illegal-arrested-photos-video-cubs-theo-bronchorst-trymore-ndlovu/
#Cecil #CecilTheLion #StopHunting #BanHunting #Wildlife
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