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The Orion Nebula M42

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The Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula situated south of Orion's Belt. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. M42 is located about 1,300 light years away and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. Also featured in this pic is M43 and a portion of The Running Man Nebula (NGC 1973, 1975 and 1977)

I have been itching to image this nebula properly ever since I got all my astrophotography setup working ok. It is currently only rising above the horizon at about 2am, which is not ideal, but I couldn't wait any longer, and the weather is still cold enough so that noise isn't much of an issue.

3am (Temperature 1 degree Celsius)
Canon EOS 1000D
Baader Coma Corrector
10 inch (25cm) F/4 Newtonian Reflector Telescope
NEQ6 PRO Computerised Goto Mount
Orion 80mm ShortTube Guide Scope
Synguider Autoguider
20 X 3 minute exposures
plus 10 X 30 seconds exposures for the core
ISO 400
Dark Frames subtracted (20 X 3min plus 10 X 30 seconds)
Images stacked and alligned in Deep Sky Stacker
Final processing in Photoshop Elements 8.0
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tsahel's avatar
CapturingTheNight's avatar
Thank you very much :D
Cola2au's avatar
Love it.. I am so want to capture this..  I have the telescope but I need to get the right exposure and the mount!
CapturingTheNight's avatar
Thank you so much :D (Big Grin) I wish you all the best with your astrophotography adventures.  Have fun.
Natsumi666's avatar
Could you really see something like this in the sky?..... you are really lucky.
CapturingTheNight's avatar
You can certainly see this in the night sky but you need a telescope to zoom in to it like this image, otherwise it just looks like another star if you are looking at it with an unaided eye.  I don't know if you are familiar with the Orion constellation with the distinctive "belt" ad "sword" stars?  This nebula is actually the middle "star" of the "sword"
Natsumi666's avatar
I'm not familiar, but it's still amazing. I've never seen photos like this.... I supposed you used a telescope, but I wasn't sure.
I'm willing to find more photos like this in deviantart, and aurora borealis (beautiful too). You're still lucky because you have a telescope to see them ^_^
I do a great job, I'm impressed...
PD: excuse me for me English.
ArcticPug's avatar
Actually you can see the orion nebula with the naked eye except it will just look like a star with extra haze around it :)
Natsumi666's avatar
And I meant "you do a great job" XD
Looks miles better than my version.
CapturingTheNight's avatar
Thank you very much :D Keep up the nice work with your astro photography.
sklaera's avatar
i really like this, it's beautiful :D
CapturingTheNight's avatar
I'm glad you like it :D Thanks
TutuFan's avatar
This is gorgeous! I am trying to start astrophotography, and this is the kind of shot I would love to be able to take someday.
CapturingTheNight's avatar
Thank you so much. I'm glad you like it :D I wish you all the best with your astrophotography. It can be a very expensive hobby, but I love it so it is worth it to me.
AlexCozaciuc's avatar
This is truly an astonishing photography, the ammount of beauty captured by your camera is beyond words!
CapturingTheNight's avatar
Thank you so much for the great feedback :D I'm glad you like it.
12GSuper's avatar
Words just can't describe how beautiful this shot is Greg, I so envy your setup!

I love the tiny little details that can be made out, a really incredible shot.

After said conversation I would be happy acheiving something of a third of this quality and clarity!
CapturingTheNight's avatar
I'm really glad you like it Ted and thank you so much for the awesome feedback.
DruellaBlackRosier's avatar
Wow<3 This is so beautiful, I have no words. ;D
CapturingTheNight's avatar
Thank you so much :D I'm glad you like it.
dev-shooter's avatar
It looks like a gigantic jellyfish! :D
pixlepixie's avatar
Gorgeous! You get some lovely images Greg!
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