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Great Orion Nebula
NGC 2467 map
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The Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42) is a bright diffuse nebula in the Milky Way that lies south of Orion's belt in the constellation Orion. It is the closest massive star formation region to Earth. Messier 42 is one of the best known deep-sky object. The Orion Nebula is one of the most scrutinized and photographed objects in the night sky, and is among the most intensely studied celestial features. The nebula has revealed much about the process of how stars and planetary systems are formed from collapsing clouds of gas and dust.

 

The Messier 43, discovered by the Frenchman Jean-Jacques Dortous de Mairan, is physically part of the Orion Nebula, but is separated from the Orion Nebula by a marked dust lane, so it is also referred to separately. Consequently, it is not incorrect to refer to the Orion Nebula as Messier 42/43.

 

To the north of the Orion Nebula is the so-called "Running Man Nebula," reminiscent of the figure of a man running. The nebula is not only an emission nebula but also a reflection nebula, so it reflects the light of the stars in a bluish color. Due to the minimal exposure time, it is only less noticeable, but the darker interstellar dust cloud that dominates the entire background still shows itself.


With my freshly purchased camera, for a big project, I haven’t had a chance so far, but I definitely wanted to take at least one minimal expo image with my little apochromate. The Orion Nebula and its surroundings proved to be an excellent choice for this.

This photo was taken with the support of the Nation's Young Talent Scholarship, announced by Prime Ministry - Minister without Portfolio for Family Affairs and the National Talent Program.

Name:

Running Man Nebula, Sh2-279, NGC 1977

Constellation:

Orion

Coordinates:

R.A. 05 h 35 m 16 s Dec. -04° 47′ 07″

Type:

Emission and reflection nebula

Distance:

1,500 light-years

Brightness:

7.0m

Apparent size:

40' x 25'

Diameter:

10 light-years

Observable: 

Winter

Date:

14/02/2021 19:24-22:00 UT

Total exposure time:

70 minutes

Location:

Tápióbicske, Pest, Hungary

Camera:

ZWO ASI 183 MM Pro

Telescope:

Sky-Watcher Esprit 80/400 mm apochromatic refractor

Mount:

Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro GoTo

Guiding:

ZWO ASIAIR Pro + ZWO ASI 120MM Mini

Corrector:

Sky-Watcher Field Flattener

Focal ratio, length:

f/5, 400 mm

Filters:

Astronomik L2, Astronomik Deep Sky RGB

Gain:

111

Light:

26 x 60 s Lum, 10 x 60 s R/G/B, 20 x 10 s L/R/G/B

Dark:

75

Flat:

80

Bias:

60

Processing:

Astro Pixel Processor, PixInsight, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop

Location

Annotation

The great orion nebula

Main Objects: Messier 42, De Mairan's Nebula, Running Man Nebula

Name:

Orion Nebula, Messier 42, M42

Constellation:

Orion

Coordinates:

R.A. 05 h 35 m 17 s Dec. -05° 23′ 28″

Type:

Emission and reflection nebula

Distance:

1,344 light-years

Brightness:

4.0m

Apparent size:

65' x 60'

Diameter:

12 light-years

Observable: 

Winter

Name:

De Mairan's Nebula, Messier 43, M43

Constellation:

Orion

Coordinates:

R.A. 05 h 35 m 32 s Dec. -05° 17′ 57″

Type:

Emission and reflection nebula

Distance:

1,300 light-years

Brightness:

9.0m

Apparent size:

20' x 15'

Diameter:

4.5 light-years

Observable: 

Winter