M-42 in Orion

Copyright 2003 Thom Iwancio


Known as M42 (M43 is the bright knot just above it), this stunning nebula is 1500 light-years distant and about 30 light years across and is easily visible as the middle "star" in the "sword" of Orion.



Date/Location:    December 23, 2003     Iwancio-Hodge Observatory    Bethune, SC
Instrument:    Canon F1M through Meade 8" SCT on GEM
Focal Ratio:   f 6
Guiding:    ST5-C through Lumicon Cassagrain Easy Guider 
Conditions:    Visually clear 
Weather:    30 F, Still wind
Film: Fuji Provia 400F
Exposure: 1 x 20 minutes
Filters:    None
Processing: Photoshop 6