Admiring the Universe - a fine-art photographer based in Perthshire, Scotland, with interests in landscape, nature and astrophotography

M42: the Great Nebula in Orion

M42: the Great Nebula in Orion
Perhaps the most obvious and popular choice for a first deep-sky target, M42 is a bright diffuse nebula in Orion, visible to the naked eye. At about 1344ly distant and 24ly across, with a mass of around 2000 solar masses, it is the nesarest massive star-forming region to Earth.

My attempt last year was reasonable at the time, but I wanted to update the data using a Baader Neodymium filter (broadband, for reducing light-pollution). This was processed to emphasize the dust in the surrounding background.


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