M42, Orion Nebula

Object Information:

Messier 42

Messier 42 is a diffuse nebula 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 2000 times the mass of the Sun.

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.

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Image date:

January 16, 2016

Exposure Information:

24 minutes exposure
Lights: 12x120" 400ISO
Darks: 8
Flats: 20
Bias: 50

Imaged at:
Prades, Tarragona. CATALUNYA - SPAIN

Optics - GSO- 200/1000 Newtonian f/5
Camera - Canon 450D moded (IR filter removed)
Mount - Sky-Watcher Neq6 PROII
Guiding scope – EZG 60/230
Guiding and planetary camera – ASI 174MC