Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Orion Nebula, take three!

Despite the iffy framing, I think this is the best I've done yet - if only because I'm getting more comfortable with the post-processing procedures. The image was compiled from 208 2-second exposures, and around 40 dark frames. I've not yet started to play with bias or flat frames, but am curious as to how they might impact the outcome of the image.

Wikipedia says, "M42 is located at a distance of 1,344 ± 20 light years and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. The M42 nebula is estimated to be 24 light years across. It has a mass of about 2000 times the mass of the Sun."

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