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M42 / Orion Nebula

Classification: Diffuse Nebula, LBN974, Sh2-281
Constellation: Orion (ORI)
Object Location: Ra 05h 36m 04s Dec -05° 22’
Size & Distance: 65.0 x 65.0 Apx 1344 light years.

Date & Location: 10-13-2015 Joshua Tree National Park, CA.
Exposure: Ha 10 @ 500 sec, 10 @ 60 sec, (bin 1x1)
Optics: Telescope Engineering Company APO110FL @ f/5.74, 631mm.
Mount: Astro-Physics 1200 GTOCP3 / ATS 10 x 36 pier.
Camera: FLI-MLx694 @-20c / CFW2-7 / Guided by SBIG ST-I / w OAG.
Filters: Astrodon 3nm Ha
Software: MaxImDL 6.09, Photoshop CS5, CCDStack 2. Topaz Labs.

Notes: Sky conditions: Average seeing, Calm wind, Temps, mid to low 60°
Image Field of view is 52.3 x 65.4arcmin.

The Orion Nebula,  known as M42, or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula, It’s one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. M42 is located at a distance of apx.1,344 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.