Messier 42 and 43, the Orion Nebula   HOME INDEX BACK NEXT
 

Diffuse nebula in Orion

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The Orion nebula is one of the showcase objects of the winter sky. Dimly visible to the naked eye as f uzzy "star" in the middle of Orion's sword, it is a beautiful view in even small telescopes. In this image, the largest section of the nebula is Messier 42, and the smaller, teardrop-shaped section above it is Messier 43.

Magnitude 4.0
Apparent Size 65' x 60'
Distance (light yrs) 1,344
Right Ascension 5:35.3
Declination -5 23
Field of View 34' x 25'

Image details:  Exposure times of 15 minutes luminance, and 5 minutes each of red, green, and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 14" Meade LX850 telescope at f/5.2.

January 2015