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Great Orion Nebula-Wide Field: This image is the latest edition of my repeated trials on this probably most magnificant of all nebulae. Whenever I observe Great Orion through different telescopes I am overwhelmed and frustrated at the same time: Awe for the wonderful nebula landscape and frustration that no real color can be seen. But this is why I am engaged in astro-photography!

The very deep image took more than four hours of exposure to unveil the incredible beauty of the sky object. Unlike in previous images, e.g.here, the wider field of view and the long exposure reveal how Orion and Running Man Nebula (left) are imbedded in a vast molecular dust cloud. From this cloud the young bright stars, which generate by their strong ultraviolett radiation the emission and reflection colors of both nebulae, were once born.

This image has been selected Astrophoto of the Week (Astro Foto der Woche) by astronomie.de



Object Great Orion Nebula-Wide Field
Category Nebulae
Designation M 042
Constellation Orion
Optics TMB 80 f/6 x 0.8 Tele Vue Reducer/Flattener
Mount Piggyback on Meade LX 200 GPS 10 inch and Equatorial Superwedge
Camera QHY8/ALccd 6c
Exposure 51 x 5min IDAS LPS filter, Maxim DL for Capturing
Calibration No
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and LX 200 as Guide Scope. Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 18+19 Nov 2007
Remark An earlier LX 200 low-exposure image of the Trapezium region has been layered into this image.
 
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