M42 & M43 Orion Nebula

Image information:

Date: 01/26/2008
Equipment: SBIG ST2000XM with CFW8a and Astronomik type 2c LRGB filter set through WO ZS105ED telescope on Losmandy GM8 mount. WO ZS105ED working at f5.6 with WO 0.8X reducer/flattener.
Image type: LRGB
Exposure time: 18X2min Luminance binned 1X1, RG&B 7X1min each binned 2X2.

Object information:

Object designations:

M42 + M43, NGC1976 + NGC1982, Orion Nebula
Object type:
Diffuse emission nebula
Object size:
66' X 60' (M42), 20' X 15' (M43)
Constellation: Orion
M42 & M43 is the brightest diffuse nebula in the sky, visible with the naked eye. This turbulent cloud of gas and dust shines with its own light, having atoms excited by the radiation of young, very hot stars within it. Forming of new star systems is still going on within the cloud. The Orion Nebula is the most prominent part of larger cloud of gas and dust spanning more than half the constellation of Orion. The Orion Nebula is 1500 ly distant from us and its diameter is some 30 ly.

Related images:

List of related images:

The Sword of Orion, LRGB, QSI583 through AT65EDQ telescope