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Nebulae - M42 Orion Nebula

M42 - The Orion Nebula

Shown above is M42, the Great Orion Nebula, along with companion M43. To the right is the NGC 1973-75-77, which is also known as the Running Man Nebula. M42 is the most spectacular complex of nebulosity visible from our planet and is located approximately 1,500 light years from Earth. This object is easily visible as a faint fuzzy patch to the naked eye under dark skies. These objects are both located in the sword region in the constellation Orion.

Image Specifications:

     •  Instrument:  Williams Optics 80mm Megrez APO Triplet
     •  Camera:  Canon 300D (IR modified)
     •  Filters:  None
     •  Mount:  Vixen GP EQ
     •  Guiding:  None
     •  Time / Date :  February 1, 2005, 8:00PM EDT
     •  Location:  Atsion Ranger Station, NJ
     •  Weather:  Clear, excellent seeing, 20degF, no wind
     •  Primary Exposure :  10 x 120sec, 6 x 20sec, ISO 800, RAW, average combined
     •  Calibration Frames:  5 x 120sec, ISO 800, RAW, average combined
     •  Image Processing :  Images Plus, Photoshop 8.0, Composite of shorter and longer exposures to increase dynamic range of image.