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Subcategory:Night Sky
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Keywords:M42, Nebula, Orion
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Image typeJPEG
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Date modified21-Feb-10 23:15
My First Astrophoto:  The Great Orion Nebula

My First Astrophoto: The Great Orion Nebula

About this Object:
The Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula situated south of Orion's Belt. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. M42 is located at a distance of 1,344 ± 20 light years and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. The M42 nebula is estimated to be 24 light years across.

The Orion Nebula is one of the most scrutinized and photographed objects in the night sky, and is among the most intensely studied celestial features. The nebula has revealed much about the process of how stars and planetary systems are formed from collapsing clouds of gas and dust. Astronomers have directly observed protoplanetary disks, brown dwarfs, intense and turbulent motions of the gas, and the photo-ionizing effects of massive nearby stars in the nebula.

About this Photo:
Date(s): March 28, 2009
Location: From my backyard in Georgetown, Texas
Telescope: Orion ED80 @ F7.5
Mount: HEQ-5
Guiding: Unguided
Camera: Nikon D80 Stock
Exposure: 9x60 Sec ISO800
Acquisition: ImagesPlus 3.75 Camera Control
Processing: ImagesPlus 3.75 – Darks
Post-processing: Adobe Photoshop CS3;
Temperature(s): 42º F
Comments: This is my first Successful Astrophoto!