The Orion Nebula - M42

Submitted by jimwcoleman

I haven't been out in awhile due to the large number of hours I have to give to my employer, but I did get out under the Port Orchard, Washington skies at 2 a.m. this morning. The Meade 115 Series 6000 APO Triplet has barely been used since I purchased it some months ago, so I decided to give it some light. I also used my ASI 1600MM Pro camera. 

Because I hadn't been out in a while and I'm new to this scope and camera, I decided to pick an easy target. Especially after I couldn't get my guide camera setup to work for some reason and I was limited to 35 second exposures. The Orion Nebula is perfect for that sort of thing and this is the result. Note that I didn't have time to shoot RGB brackets as well, so this was all Luminance plus moon glow filtered exposures (to try to combat light from the full moon).

Nice. Could be better, but still not bad for a quickie outing. Yes, there is vignetting. I shot only a few darks and did no bias or flat frame calibration...

This is 73 35-second subs, stacked in PixInsight. Enjoy. :)


Submitted by swingin on Mon, 10/14/2019 - 12:43

Nice shot Jim! How long were your exposures and how many did you take? Or did you just take 100's of shots and stack them? Nice work!!