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Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Contains:  Great Orion Nebula, IC 420, Lower Sword, M 42, M 43, Mairan's Nebula, NGC 1973, NGC 1975, NGC 1976, NGC 1977, NGC 1980, NGC 1981, NGC 1982, Orion Nebula, The star 42Ori, The star 45Ori, The star θ1Ori, The star θ2Ori, The star ιOri, Upper Sword, the Running Man Nebula
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Messier 42: The Orion Nebula, 


            James Schrader
Messier 42: The Orion Nebula
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Messier 42: The Orion Nebula

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Explore Scientific 80mm ED TRIPLET APO ES80ED

Imaging cameras: Canon 450D EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi

Mounts: Orion Atlas EQ-G

Software: Pisinsight 1.8

Accessory: TeleVue TRF2008 x0.8

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%

Basic astrometry details job: 3642500

RA center: 5h 35' 25"

DEC center: -5° 20' 24"

Pixel scale: 2.818 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 92.932 degrees

Field radius: 1.665 degrees

Resolution: 3252x2740

Locations: Home (Front Yard), Jefferson City, MO, United States

Data source: Backyard


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

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Messier 42: The Orion Nebula, 


            James Schrader