M42 Orion Nebula 16 Sep 2012 Version 2
Everyone's favorite Messier object. A stellar womb, where stars really are born. BTW--easy and great binocular target, just under the belt of Orion,. It's big, it's bright, you can't miss it; it's easy to get lost observing the Orion Nebula at the expense of everything else. There are many, many, things to observe in the universe.