Enchanted Skies


M42 and NGC 1977 - The Orion and Running Man Nebula (imaged from Las Cruces)

The Orion and Running Man Nebulae Map of M42 region


Object Information                                            Imaging Details

The Orion Nebula is one of the brightest, most beautiful and best known nebula in the night sky. The nebula is bright enough to be seen with the naked eye (it's the middle 'star' in Orion's scabbard). Binoculars or a small telescope show its nebulosity. Viewed from a dark site through a larger telescope, the nebulosity is nothing short of magnificent.

M42 is primarily an emission nebula, so it emits red light. It is also an active star forming region.

This object was imaged from my back yard in Las Cruces, NM (before somebody built a brightly illuminated yellow house down the street)

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Celestron NexStar 11" OTA

Canon 350 (modified)
Baader 7nm Ha, 8nm OIII, and IDAS LPS
Misc. Optics:
Hyperstar 3
30 sec @ ISO 100 and 400 and 1 min @ ISO 800 (20 subs each)
With Orion ED80 using GuideDog.
Images aligned and stacked in Nebulosity. Curves/levels and sharpening with Photoshop CS3.

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Enchanted Skies - Astrophotography by Rich Richins (all images copyright, Rich Richins)