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Great Orion and Running Man Nebulae | by Maria Gemma - A Passionate Photographer
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Great Orion and Running Man Nebulae

The Orion Nebula Messier 42, M42 is a diffuse nebula situated in the Milky Way Galaxy, south of Orion's Belt in the constellation of Orion. M42 is located 1344 light years away, and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth.


The Running Man Nebula M43 is a popular target for amateur astrophotographers, as it lies close to the Orion Nebula and has many guide stars. The outline of the running man shows up primarily in photographs; it is difficult to perceive visually through telescope, thought the reflection nebula itself is visible in small to medium apertures in dark skies.


Additionally the sparse scattering of bright stars without nebulosity at the top of this image is NGC 1981, a compact and detached cluster.



Astro-Tech AT80EDT f/6 ED Triple Refractor Telescope

Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro Computerized GoTo Telescope Mount

Orion 50mm Helical Guide Scope & StarShoot AutoGuider

Orion 38mm clear-aperture Field Flattener

PHD2 Guiding Software

Astronomy Tool Actions


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Taken on February 23, 2019