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M42 - The Early Stages, 


            Andrew N.
M42 - The Early Stages
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M42 - The Early Stages

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: CELESTRON C6 Newtonian

Imaging cameras: Nikon D5100

Guiding telescopes or lenses: CELESTRON C6 Newtonian

Software: DeekSkyStacker (DSS)  ·  Adobe Photoshop CS5


Dates:Nov. 18, 2014

Frames: 25x90" (37' 30")

Integration: 37' 30"

Avg. Moon age: 25.61 days

Avg. Moon phase: 16.42%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 415726

RA center: 5h 35' 8"

DEC center: -5° 30' 28"

Pixel scale: 1.314 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 96.916 degrees

Field radius: 0.922 degrees

Resolution: 620x423


This is my first test run at processing M42, I plan on adding another hour or more of data and performing a complete HDR of the nebula in order to capture the normally overexposed core as well as the faint dust on the outer edges. Now if those clouds that are normally there can just go away for a few hours =o)


Sky plot

Sky plot


M42 - The Early Stages, 


            Andrew N.