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The Orion Nebula M42 by CapturingTheNight The Orion Nebula M42 by CapturingTheNight
:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz: Greg Gibbs. You may not use, replicate, manipulate, or modify this image without my permission. All Rights Reserved.

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.

31/08/2011
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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Natsumi666 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Could you really see something like this in the sky?..... you are really lucky.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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"
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Natsumi666 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
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.
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ArcticPug Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student Photographer
Actually you can see the orion nebula with the naked eye except it will just look like a star with extra haze around it :)
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Natsumi666 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Yes...
And I meant "you do a great job" XD
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DustThatSings Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Looks miles better than my version.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D Keep up the nice work with your astro photography.
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sklaera Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i really like this, it's beautiful :D
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you like it :D Thanks
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TutuFan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
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.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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.
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AlexCozaciuc Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Photographer
This is truly an astonishing photography, the ammount of beauty captured by your camera is beyond words!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the great feedback :D I'm glad you like it.
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12GSuper Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
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!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm really glad you like it Ted and thank you so much for the awesome feedback.
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DruellaBlackRosier Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow<3 This is so beautiful, I have no words. ;D
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D I'm glad you like it.
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dev-shooter Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks like a gigantic jellyfish! :D
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D Thanks
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pixlepixie Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous! You get some lovely images Greg!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much once again Jenn :D I'm glad you like it.
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful shot, Greg ~ it's awesome to see what's out there ~ thanks for your amazing images! :deviation: :rose: Coco
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: Thanks you so much Coco :D I'm glad you like it and I'm glad I can do them for you.
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww: You're so welcome, Greg! :tighthug: Coco
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ZidanA Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you only knew, how much I love your photos.....you're are amazing photographer...
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: Awww Thank you so much for that lovely feedback Zinaida :D I really appreciate it.
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Xilantra Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awesome.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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Xilantra Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
No problemo!
You have my vote!
:)
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ElocinImages Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW. Just wow. I would absolutely LOVE to be able to photograph these! It's absolutely mystifying :)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much Nicole :D I hope you get a chance to get your hands on some astrophotography equipment one day soon.
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ElocinImages Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I would LOVE to get some of the gear and get shooting, but it's going to take me a while to get the $$ together first. For now I'll just keep watching your new ones and dreaming of getting there one day :)
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
:highfive: Fantastic image! :clap:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D I'm glad you like it.
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Prabu-S Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Beautiful Picture :]
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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Zanarky Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow man, you are a genius at taking these photos. They are leagues above all the other sky shit on this site.

I salute your awesomeness :salute:.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive: Cheers Scott. Thank you very much. :D
There are better astrophotographers than me on here who I look up to, but I am very happy with this one. I think it's my best work so far.
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Hibakushainblood Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Looks like a butterfly!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D Indeed. Thanks.
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Sagereid Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That is a super picture.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D I'm glad you like it.
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reluctant-artist-01 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
WoW!! Soo beautiful!!:iconiluplz:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D I'm glad you like it.
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reluctant-artist-01 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Your very very welcome!!!:tighthug::heart:
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darkmoonphoto Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Student Photographer
Great job.

Rikk ...............
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much Rikk :D I'm glad you like it.
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nutmeg-42 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
Wow! :-)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :D
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SpdDmn2k2 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Student General Artist
The beauty of space. Gorgeous capture!!
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