M42 The Orion Nebula

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Another joint project by Andy and myself using different cameras and scopes 700 miles apart. This is my original RGB image reprocessed from the 10th and 12th September using the Canon 5D Mark II on the TMB 130 together with Andy's layer of hydrogen alpha that he shot from Long Island New York, using an FLI ML8300 Mono CCD on his TMB92SS at F4.4.

This image was selected as Picture of the Day on www.astromart.com 27th November 2010

Here is some information regarding the equipment we both used
Thanks for looking.
Clear Skies
Terry

Terry's Location: Fremont, Michigan
Date of Shoot: 10th and 12th September 2010
Camera: modified Canon 5D Mark II
4x15 min sub exposures at 400ISO with flat and dark frames.
6x5 min sub exposures at 100ISO with flat and dark frames.
14x30 second sub exposures at 200ISO with flat and dark frames.
Scope: TMB130SS F7 Refractor using WO/TMB 2.7" Field Flattener.
Auto-guided with Orion Auto Guider on Stellarvue 10x60
Mount: Mountain Instruments MI-250 (pier mounted)
Image Acquired using Nebulosity II, stacked with Deep Sky Stacker, processed and re-sized with Photoshop CS3.

Andy's Location: Long Island, New York
Date of shoot: 19th November 2010
Camera: FLI ML8300 Mono CCD
FLI CFW 2-7 Filter wheel
11x20 minute sub exposures with hydrogen alpha filter
Scope: TMB 92ss F5.5 Refractor
At.8 Reducer
CGE Mount
Star shoot Autoguider
Borg Mini 50 Guidescope
Astronomik 50mm Round filters
Aquisition and Stacking: CCD Stack
Post processing: Photoshop CS/2

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  1. Taha Tebyani 53 months ago | reply

    very nice dear Terry ... thank you for your beautiful photos of beautiful sky

  2. Mark S Payne 53 months ago | reply

    This is awesome Terry, Im looking forward to reshooting the Orion Nebula towards the end of this month, weather permitting.

  3. Ƥαƨσ∂ιαcκ 53 months ago | reply

    Bellissimo scatto ◊ Beautiful shot!
    Seen on: Discovery World




    Seen on: La Macchina del Tempo Group

  4. cabodevassoura 53 months ago | reply

    very beautiful image!

    Sua foto foi vista dentro /
    Your photo was seen in:
    Nossas Vidas / Nosso Mundo-
    Our Life/ Our World

    Obrigado / Thank you!
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  5. Stephen J McIntyre 53 months ago | reply

    Nice wide field with lots of detail.

    I think though that the contrast (or sharpening) is pushed too far giving the image an unatural look.

    With the wide range of exposures, i would like to see you show the trapezium. I'm sure the 1min exposures at ISO200 have that detail.

  6. Maria Alice Santiago 53 months ago | reply

    b> Sua foto foi vista dentro /
    Your photo was seen in:
    Nossas Vidas / Nosso Mundo-
    Our Life/ Our World

    Obrigado / Thank you!
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  7. Teruhide Tomori 53 months ago | reply

    BEAUTIFUL CAPTURE... Spectacular!!...Happy Shooting Always ^_^

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  8. jwilbern 53 months ago | reply

    Sounds like a lot of work. Thank you!

  9. Terry Hancock www.downunderobservatory.com 53 months ago | reply

    Thanks friends, for your kind comments. I welcome your critique also.
    Clear skies and happy shooting

  10. Vadoell 53 months ago | reply

    Magnifico scatto / Cool shot !
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  11. Terry Hancock www.downunderobservatory.com 53 months ago | reply

    This is Andy's version he just posted here on flickr, isnt it great
    Orion Andy's HA and Terry's RGB

  12. Buzzer D 53 months ago | reply

    Terry, Thanks for posting my image on your page. This took some time to merge but it was well worth it, Andy

  13. Terry Hancock www.downunderobservatory.com 53 months ago | reply


    Original image replaced, I was actually disappointed with the 1 minute sub exposures, we got our first clear sky in a month last night and I was able to replace with some 30 second exposures. If you look at the image at higher resolution, I hope you will agree that it doesn't look too sharp, especially now I have softened a tad with noise ninja.

  14. Stephen J McIntyre 53 months ago | reply

    I like this version better! The softer edges gives it more of a three dimensional look. I expect it's very hard to show lots of detail in the central region ie M43, at well as show substantial density in the outer areas of (to the right) of M42. And the trapezium is now just visible!!

  15. IRENE is GONE to IPERNITY 52 months ago | reply

    amazing details of the gases and brilliant colours, well done Terry!

    Visto su / Seen on: Discovery World


  16. ladywolf2805 51 months ago | reply

    What a wonderful picture.

  17. Co®tex™ 51 months ago | reply

    this is great


    I saw this photo in
    Space Group (post1 comment 5)

  18. JoeCow 22 months ago | reply

    I really love all your photos! :) <3

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