M42 - The Orion Nebula is seen as the middle "star" in the sword of Orion, which are the three stars located south of Orion's Belt. The star is one of the brightest nebulae and appears fuzzy to a naked eye observer - even in areas with some light pollution.
M42 is located at a distance of 1,344 ± 20 light years and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. The nebula is estimated to be 24 light years across and it has a mass of about 2000 times the mass of our Sun.
This is my first ever attempt to photograph a "Deep-Sky Object" using the Celestron C6-A XLT leant to me by a friend. Taken from my back garden it is a composed of over 50 individual photos stacked together. Each photo has a 6 second exposure at 1250 ISO.
What blows my mind is when the photons of light captured by my camera left the nebula and started their long journey towards Earth, Britain was occupied by the Vikings and Anglo Saxons.