Wednesday, July 21, 2004

M42 The Orion Nebula

The photos below are of one of my favorite deep sky objects, M42 the Orion Nebula. They were taken with my 8" schmidt-cassegrain telescope, a Nikon 995 digital camera and a Toucam Pro webcam on January of 2004. From left to right: a raw unprocessed image with Nikon 995; an image with Nikon 995 with processing in Photoshop to bring out more nebulosity; a close up of the central region of M42 taken with the Toucam Pro webcam; an enlargement of the second photo.

Note: The Orion Nebula is large enough to encompass 20,000 solar systems stacked end to end!

Quote: Replicant: "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die." 'Blade Runner' (1982)

©2006 Richard Murray

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