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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.

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.
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"
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.
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 :)
Natsumi666 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
And I meant "you do a great job" XD
DustThatSings Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Looks miles better than my version.
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D Keep up the nice work with your astro photography.
sklaera Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i really like this, it's beautiful :D
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you like it :D Thanks
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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