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M42
The Great Nebula in Orion
In Mapped Color

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 in Mapped Color

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Date Taken:
1/25/2010 - 1/26/2010

Location:
Black Forest, CO

Equipment:
RCOS 16" Ritchey-Chretien
Bisque Paramoune ME
AstroDon Narrowband Filters
SBIG STL-11000M
SBIG AO-L

Exposure Specs:
330 minutes total
S-II: 8x15 min
H-Alpha: 18x5 min
O-III: 24x5 min

Processed with:
CCDStack
Adobe Photoshop CS2

Copyright 2010, Matthew T. Russell. All rights reserved.