M42 & M43

Pictured above is "The Great Orion Nebula" M42 (NGC 1976). Next to it is M43 (NGC 1982) along with the blue nebula called "The Running man" NGC 1977. The start cluster NGC 1981 is superimposed over the blue nebula. The pinkish nebula composes of M42 & M43 at magnitude 4, and is visible a a one degree fuzzy patch to the naked eye. These nebulae reside in the sword of Orion below the left bright belt star Alnitak. This region of nebulae is approximately 1500 light years from earth.
 
Telescope / Lens TEC 140 f/7 5.5" Refractor
Mount Type AstroPhysics 1200
Camera Canon 20d
 Filters None
 Film DLSR
 Exposure 88 minutes; 5min expoures @ ISO 400, 800, 1600 & 1 minute @ ISO 100
 Processing Deep SkyStacker, CCDStack, Photoshop CS2 & Picture Wind Pro
 Date Images taken 09/12/2007
 Location  June Mountain 122° 43.528' W, 43° 48.407' N
22 miles S of Dexter, Oregon
Conditions 3232' clear calm skies magnitude 6

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