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


    Excellent Art!

    Seen in the Scarabus
  • baba garments 4y

    entering into an unknown journey....which is eternal & full of mystries..
  • Kathleen Andersen 4y

    Fabulous work, Terry.
  • Gary 4y

    This Great Capture of Nature Deserves to be in Mother Natures Addict!

  • Terry Hancock 4y

    Bill Campbell IRENE is GONE to IPERNITY baba garments Kathleen Andersen Gary
    thanks everyone for the comments, nice to meet another aussie here too
  • S.B Photography 4y

    This is a Great Capture of Nature!

  • visiblejoy 4y

    Way cool!!!
  • Riccardo Casarico 4y

    Molto bella ... complimenti !!
    un saluto,

    See my recent photo

  • Cobbler 3y

    Congrats on the duet image! I can't barely get my images from two consecutive nights to line up and look good, much less two images from two different cameras, scopes, locations and nights. You and Andy are undoubtedly pros.

    It's obviously just me, but I'm not sure I like or feel it necessary to see the detail around the core other than the dark dust just in front of the trapezium. To me, it feels as if the image has been flattened, almost like when the core of a galaxy is processed to be a small star-like circle, rather than a huge source of energy radiating from the center. I appreciate all the detail that was captured (that's tough to do!), but having detail and using it are two different things. I dunno, I'm weird.

    Again, to finish the compliment sandwich, NICE WORK!
  • Jaime Pulido 3y

    Really nice!!
  • Judith North 3y

    Wow Amazing.
  • joe 3y

    great work! what a joy to see!
  • Wanderlinse 3y

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  • Antonio Picascia 3y

    simply stunning!
  • Graham Hard 2y

    Great work Terry. Only just added you as a contact. Hours of your stuff for me to go through and enjoy. Very impressed with your setup not to mention jealous :)
  • Jude 2y

    There's a real 3-dimensional sense to yours and Andy's photo. Makes me feel like I could 'walk' into it! I'm very thankful that you're sharing what you see through your incredible photos with the rest of us!
  • JoeCow 2y

    Wonderful Images!! :) <3
  • Prachi Verma 4mo

    Wow, Thats a special moment and shot. Well Done!!
  • John Hughes 4mo

    This is a brilliant piece of artwork, the processes you've used is way beyond my scope. However though it's a little OTT, the overall effect is beautiful to the eye. ;-)
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