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M42 - Orion Nebula

Posted by
Jules (Drayton, United Kingdom) on 3 March 2013 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

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.

flwyddyn yn ôl

Devi from Chennai, India

Fantastic Jules !!!! Awesome amazing shot !!!

3 Mar 2013 6:10am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

That frame represents so much effort - you must be proud of it......

3 Mar 2013 7:25am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom


3 Mar 2013 7:47am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

unbelievable shot

3 Mar 2013 7:59am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Great capture. Thanks for sharing.

3 Mar 2013 8:32am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wow ...Superb !

3 Mar 2013 8:45am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Oh my word, that's about 5 minutes worth of exposures and heaven knows how long to stack them all together, you have a lot of patience Chris!
The end result is certainly worth the effort, I think I would have been pretty excited making this one on the PC.

3 Mar 2013 9:24am

@Curly: As it was my first foray into astrophotography I was very chuffed with the results - I spent another session last night and will post the resulting frame soon - (there is a massive difference between the two). Lots of tweaking and fiddling still to be done to get to grips and to learn the ropes with this area of photography.

The patience bit was easy, I have acquired a remote trigger that has a timelapse feature - just program the length of exposure, the interval and the amount of frames you require and set the camera to "bulb" - go back indoors and make a hot cup of tea and munch through half a packet of chocolate digestives while you wait!!!!! easy :-)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Sorry Jules, how on earth did I call you Chris?

3 Mar 2013 9:26am

Florence from Paris, France

Incredible and fascinating shot Jules. I would love to do so. Breathtaking.

3 Mar 2013 9:39am

farideh from rasht, Iran

wow excellent

3 Mar 2013 11:02am

jean pierre from paris, France

très belle prise!!! amitié

3 Mar 2013 11:05am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful!

3 Mar 2013 11:50am

franz from Baden, Austria

brilliant, jules, and quite a lot of effort you had to put in! i've NEVER managed to get a decent shot of the night sky, or even the moon, though i've been trying.
the whole concept of "lightyears" is mind boggling, and here it's "only" a little over 1,000 years. how about millions of lightyears?!? it's really beyond human imagination ...

3 Mar 2013 3:27pm

@franz: What boggles my mind is due to the "theory of relativity", time cannot exist for a photon travelling at the speed of light. So regardless of whether it travels the eight minutes or so from our sun or the 13.2 billion light years from the distant galaxy Abell 1835 IR1916, when they hit our retinas or CCD's the photons existance is simply that of "Go/Splat" i.e. it is created and in the very same instance it is annihilated.

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Wouhaaaaaaaaaaa!! magnifique capture!!! j'aime+++++++

3 Mar 2013 4:46pm

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

Wow you must be very proud of this shot, I have always wanted to try this. 5* vote from me I hope this makes a spotlight.

3 Mar 2013 5:05pm

Joyce from Montana, United States

What a gorgeous perfect "right out of the tube' violet. The accomplishment blows my mind. Sorry Jules. What a magical thing you have done. :-D

3 Mar 2013 5:37pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

5 stars from me - this is amazing!

3 Mar 2013 9:03pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Stunning shot and very interesting information ...

4 Mar 2013 12:55am

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

W O W ! ! ! What an amazing image!!! I love it. Well done! Thank you so much for sharing the information as well

4 Mar 2013 1:11am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really amazing

4 Mar 2013 1:29am

L'angevine from Angers, France

intéressante astronomie

4 Mar 2013 9:34am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

fine result for your fist attempt! i imagine that the technique required for this kind of photography is quite difficult and you have taken excellent first steps here!

4 Mar 2013 1:46pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

First time? wow... great success here.. amazing what you can see from your own home. I know little about telescopes but it must be a bloody good one.

4 Mar 2013 8:43pm

Basile Pesso from Paris, France

Splendid minimal !

7 Mar 2013 11:30pm

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

I missed this one !!!!!! and I share your feelings in your last sentence.

14 Mar 2013 8:39am