NGC 1977 - The Running Man Nebula


Copyright 2007 Hap Griffin

NGC 1977, commonly referred to as the "Running Man" nebula, is a region of predominately blue reflection clouds of hydrogen in the Orion complex.  It lies just north of M42, the great Orion Nebula.  The region of dust near the bottom of the photo is the northernmost boundary of the M42 molecular cloud. Click here for a larger perspective.  The dark lanes in front of the cloud give this region its name since they resemble a man running with outstretched arms. 

NGC 1977 lies at a distance of 1460 light years.

Date/Location:    December 8, 2007     Griffin/Hunter II Observatory    Bethune, SC
Instrument:    Canon 40D (modified IR filtering) Digital SLR through 10" F/4.7 Newtonian w/ Baader MPCC 
Focal Ratio:   F/4.7
Guiding:    Auto via SBIG ST-237 through Orion ED80 refractor
Conditions:    Visually clear
Weather:    50 F
Exposure: 78 minutes total (26 x 3 minutes @ ISO 800)
Filters:    Baader UV/IR block internal to camera
Processing:    Focused, captured, RAW to TIFF conversion, calibration, alignment, stacking, Digital Development, resizing and JPEG conversion in ImagesPlus V3.  Final tweaking in Photoshop CS2.