Orion Nebula, Messier 42 (Copy)


The Orion Nebula, also known as Messier 42, the nebula’s glowing gas surrounds hot young stars at the edge of an immense interstellar molecular cloud only 1,500 light-years away. The Orion Nebula offers one of the best opportunities to study how stars are born partly because it is the nearest large star-forming region, but also because the nebula’s energetic stars have blown away obscuring gas and dust clouds that would otherwise block our view – providing an intimate look at a range of ongoing stages of starbirth and evolution.


Optics: Takahashi FS 152
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX+
Camera: FLI PL 16803
Filters: FLI LRGB, Astrodon 3nm Ha, Oiii, Siii
Dates/Times: Feb 2012, Feb 2016
Location: Adler Earth & Sky Observatory, Jackson Hole WY
Exposure Details: L=20x5min(1:1), RGB=20×2.5min(2:2),Ha 18 x 5min(1:1), Oiii,Sii 18×5 min(4:4), 134 images over 8 hr,40min
Acquisition: MaxIm DL SkyX,
Processing:  MaxIm DL, Photoshop CS6, Ha,Sii,Oiii image added to LRGB image using screen blending