M42 : The Great Orion Nebulae

Photographs by Andy Strappazzon

 

 


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Messier Number:
M42


NGC Number:
NGC 1976


Common Name:
The Great Orion Nebulae


Constellation:
Orion


Distance from Earth:
1270 light years


Visual Magnitude:
3


Size:
65'60'


Rate:

Description:
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 at a distance of 1,27076 light years and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. The M42 nebula is estimated to be 24 light years across. Older texts frequently referred to the Orion Nebula as the Great Nebula in Orion or the Great Orion Nebula. (Wikipedia)

 

Date Taken:
26 December 2008


Location:
Italy - Pass Celado (Trento)

Weather:
Temp = -8C


Equipment:
Skywatcher HEq5 Pro
Skywatcher ED80
Images aquired with: 

Canon 350D unfiltred


Exposure Specs:
Lights: 
10x01 sec @ 1600ISO
10x10 sec @ 1600ISO
20x30 sec @ 1600ISO
30x60 sec @ 1600ISO
20x90 sec @ 1600ISO

Darks: 
10x01 sec @ 1600ISO
10x10 sec @ 1600ISO
20x30 sec @ 1600ISO
10x60 sec @ 1600ISO
10x90 sec @ 1600ISO

Flats: - 
Offsets: 46

Total Exposure: 1h10min


Processed with:
Deepskystacker
Adobe Photoshop CS 2

 

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