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M42 & Friends
The Sword of 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:
1/4/2006 - 1/7/2006

Location:
Black Forest, CO

Equipment:
Takahashi FSQ-106
Bisque Paramount ME
SBIG STL 11000M
AstroDon Series I Filters

Exposure Specs:

5.5 hours total
Each Frame:
HA: 6x15 min
Lum: 10x15 min
Red: 3x10 min
Grn: 3x10 min
Blu: 3x10 min

Processed with:
MaximDL
Adobe Photoshop CS
 

Copyright 2006, Matthew T. Russell. All rights reserved.