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M42 Orion Nebula in RGB + Narrowband | by Terry Hancock
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M42 Orion Nebula in RGB + Narrowband

The Hancock & D'Arienzo team presents Andy's D'Arienzo's version of M42, The Orion Nebula in the constellation Orion. Andy shot 3 hours and 40 minutes of hydrogen alpha + 3.5 hours of 0III using his FLI ML8300 Mono CCD on his TMB92SS Refractor at F4.4 from the Waning Crescent Observatory in Long Island New York, while I shot 2.5 hours of RGB using the Canon 5D Mark II at F7 on the TMB 130 Refractor from the DownUnder Observatory in Fremont, Michigan.


We each do our own processing when it comes to combining and post processing in photoshop using slightly different techniques and it gives me great pleasure to post Andy's version and a different perspective combining narrow band imaging with RGB on one of the most photographed and spectacular Nebulae in the winter night sky.

We hope you like this version.

Clear Skies

Terry & Andy


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

7x30 mniutes sub exposures with OIII 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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Taken on September 13, 2011