The Orion Nebula
M42

Orion Nebula Mosaic

The Great Orion Nebula was first catalogued by Charles Messier in 1769, however, it was well known long before his observation. It is one of the largest and brightest deep sky objects visible in the northern hemisphere. It is visible to the naked eye under reasonably dark skies and is a very rewarding sight in even small telescopes. For a larger view, click on the image. For a cropped view, click here.

 

Telescope: Astro-Physics 160mm EDF f7.5 @ f7.7 Designation: M42, NGC1976
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Constellation: Orion
Camera: Apogee U16M with Gen II Astrodon Filters Distance: Approx 1600 Light Years
Guiding: SBIG ST402 via Mini Borg 60mm Type: Emission and Reflection Nebula
Exposure: 135 min RGB Position: R.A. 5 hr 35 min , Dec -05027'
Processed using CCDStack, PhotoShop CS3 Date: December 2011
Acquisition: CCDAutopilot/CCDSoft/The Sky 6/M1OASYS Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village