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M42
The Great Nebula in Orion

Photographs by Matthew T. Russell

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Messier Number:
M42

NGC Number:
NGC 1976

Common Name:
The Great Nebula in Orion

Constellation:
Orion

Distance from Earth:
~2,000 Light Years

Visual Magnitude:
4.0

Size:
85 x 60 arc minutes

M42, The Great Nebula in Orion

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Date Taken:
1/24/2004 - 3/13/2004

Location:
Black Forest, CO

Equipment:
16" RCOS Ritchey-Chretien
Paramount ME
SBIG 10E, NABG
SBIG CFW-8

Exposure Specs:
7 image mosaic
~ 16 hours total
Each Frame:
Lum: 12x5 min
Red: 6x5 min
Grn: 6x5 min
Blu: 6x5 min

Processed with:
MaximDL v3
AIP for Windows
Adobe Photoshop CE
 

Copyright 2004, Matthew T. Russell. All rights reserved.