M42 - Orion Nebula 2018


Date:

 

17th of February 2018

Location:

 

Blankenberghe - medium light pollution 

Description:

 

The Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula situated in the Milky Way, being south of Orion's Belt in the constellation of Orion. 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. It has a mass of about 2,000 times that of the Sun. (Source: Wikipedia)

Equipment:

 

Telescope: 

TS 80mm flat. - 344mm - f 4.3

Camera: 

Canon 1300D Astrodon mod.

CLS-clip in-filter

Mount:

Celestron AVX 

Guiding:

Orion Shorttube Achromat 80mm - ASI120MC

Software: 

 

Capture: 

Canon Camera Connect

Guiding:

PHD 2

Post-process: 

Pixinsight - Photoshop

Image Details:

 

Lights:

35 x 5 minutes ISO 200

Darks:  

10  x 5 minutes dark frames ISO 200

Bias-frames:

20 x 1/8000 sec ISO 200

No flats

Comments:

 

A very cold but incredibly clear winter's night. The Orion Nebula was at its highest position at that time, and was already visible in great detail on the single light frames.