The Orion and Running Man Nebula
Every year, Orion comes round in the night skies at this time of year and every year EVERY astro imager just has to have another go at the Orion Nebula! Here is 2011’s version and I am sure next year there will be a 2012 version……
I took this the night before Christmas Eve but due to the festivities only got round to processing (or should that be playing?) with it tonight. It’s 2hrs (Due to the usual suspect – cloud) taken with my Altair F4 Newt and QHY8 (with Baader MPCC). I think there were around 13x 1 min subs for the core and the rest of the 2 hrs was taken up with 10 min subs. Although the stars are not perfect, I think I am nearly there with regards to collimation. The F4 and QHY8 also picks up shed loads of red Ha so I upped the saturation of the blues a little to bring out the outer dust in the nebula.
More info on this object from Wikipedia…..’
The Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula situated south[b] of Orion’s Belt. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. M42 is located at a distance of 1,344 ± 20 light years and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. The M42 nebula is estimated to be 24 light years across. It has a mass of about 2000 times the mass of the Sun. Older texts frequently referred to the Orion Nebula as the Great Nebula in Orion or the Great Orion Nebula.
The Orion Nebula is one of the most scrutinized and photographed objects in the night sky, and is among the most intensely studied celestial features. The nebula has revealed much about the process of how stars and planetary systems are formed from collapsing clouds of gas and dust. Astronomers have directly observed protoplanetary disks, brown dwarfs, intense and turbulent motions of the gas, and the photo-ionizing effects of massive nearby stars in the nebula. There are also supersonic “bullets” of gas piercing the dense hydrogen clouds of the Orion Nebula. Each bullet is ten times the diameter of Pluto‘s orbit and tipped with iron atoms glowing bright blue. They were probably formed one thousand years ago from an unknown violent event.‘