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Contains:  M 43, NGC 1982, NGC 1977, NGC 1980, M 42, Great Nebula in Orion, NGC 1976, NGC 1975, NGC 1981, NGC 1973, The star 45Ori, The star ιOri, The star θ2Ori, The star θ1Ori, The star 42Ori
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Messier 42: The Orion Nebula, 


            James Schrader
Messier 42: The Orion Nebula

Messier 42: The Orion Nebula

Technical card

Resolution: 2740x3252

Dates:Dec. 7, 2015Dec. 8, 2015Dec. 9, 2015Dec. 10, 2015

70x10" ISO800
60x30" ISO800
140x360" ISO800
70x5" ISO800
60x60" ISO800

Integration: 15.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 27.23 days

Avg. Moon phase: 6.93% job: 889107

RA center: 5h 35' 25"

DEC center: -5° 20' 24"

Pixel scale: 2.819 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 177.090 degrees

Field radius: 1.665

Locations: Home (Front Yard), Gravois Mills, MO, United States


I added more data to this image and reprocessed as I was still not completely happy with the results I was getting. I tweaked some settings in HDRComposition in Pixinsight and ended up with what I believe to be a much more natural looking image. Details are below:

140 x 360s, ISO 800
60 x 60s, ISO 800
60 x 30s, ISO 800
70 x 10s, ISO 800
70 x 5s, ISO 800
65 darks, 100 flats, 300 bias

Equipment: Canon 450D, Explore Scientific ES80ED @ 384mm f/4.9, Televue 0.8X Reducer/Flattener, Hutech LPS D1, Orion Atlas EQ-G

Processed in Pixinsight



James Schrader
License: None (All rights reserved)

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Messier 42: The Orion Nebula, 


            James Schrader