M42 Orion Nebula

M42 Orion Nebula LRGB  

M42 is an emission and reflection nebula in the constellation Orion it is approxmiatly 1350 lights years from Earth. It is about 25light years accross. The Orion Nebula is an example of a stellar nursery where new stars are being born. The Nebula is part of a much larger nebula that is known as the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. The nebula is visible with the naked eye, even from areas affected by some ligh pollution . It is seen as the middle “star” in the sword of Orion, which are the three stars located south of Orion’s Belt.


 Crop of the Trapezium


M42 10min Lum Subframes x 18 = 180 min combined image


M42 10min Red Subframes x 12 = 120 min combined image


M42 10min Green Subframes x 12 = 120 min combined image


M42 10min Blue Subframes x 18 = 180 min combined image



Scope              TMB130mm

Camera           Apogee U8300

Mount               Atlas EQG

Filters               Astrodon  LRGB Gen1

Exposures       L 3hrs   R2hrs   G2hrs    B2hrs   10min subs

Location           Connellsville Pa.  Home Observatory     2011

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