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Orionin sumu M42, M43 ja NGC1977 - 2.1.2019 at 21.00 - 2.1.2019 at 21.40 Rovaniemi Observation number 80107

Visibility V / V

Lauri Turunen, Corona Borealis, Rovaniemi

Due to the location of my shooting location (backyard in a detached house area), light pollution in the city effectively prevents south-facing shooting. However, Orion is now so high that when the constellation was in a suitable south-facing direction for a while in the evening, I was exposed to the object for more than half an hour before it was left behind the houses. But since the subject is very bright, the exposure was sufficient.

Messier 42 is also an interesting object in the sense that in 1880 the pioneer of astrophotography, Henry Draper, produced the first deep-sky photograph of mankind from the Orion nebula with a lens weighing hundreds of pounds with 51 minutes of exposure on a gelatin plate. Since those times, technology has evolved tremendously and now, 138 years later, it is possible to take a noticeably better picture with a portable hobbyist with just over half an hour of exposure!

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Additional information
  • Observation target
    • Deep space object
  • Designation
    • Orionin sumu M42, M43 ja NGC1977
    • Erittäin näyttävä
  • Constellation
    • Orion
  • Darkness
    • Average
  • Seeing
    • Average
  • Star clusters and asterisms
    • Open cluster info

      Open cluster is an irregular group of tens or hundreds of stars. It can be visible as separate stars or a bit fuzzy spot with small instrument.

      There is the open cluster M52 on the right edge of the image. The red emission nebula is the Bubble Nebula. Image Jyrki Grönroos.


      The open cluster M45 aka Pleyades. Image Juha Parvio.


      The pair of the open clusters NGC 869 and NGC 884 aka the Double Cluster in Perseus. Image Lauri Kangas.


      M34 is also an open cluster in Perseus. Image Teppo Laitinen.


      The Wild Duck Cluster M11 is an exceptional dense open cluster. Image Jaakko Asikainen.



      The Ptolemy's Cluster M7 is located in a rich-star area of The Milky Way in Sagittarius. Image Toni Veikkolainen.

  • Nebulae
    • Reflection nebula info

      Reflection nebula is gas only lit up by nearby stars. It should not be mix up with emission nebula, where hot stars nearby cause the gas glow. But then reflection nebulae are visible in the same areas with emission nebulae. The appearance of reflection nebulae is irregular, and many of them need bigger instruments to be visible.


      Reflection nebulae are glowing blue around the stars of Pleyades. Image Juha Parvio.


      The blue glowing reflection nebula NGC 1333 around the bright star is in Perseus. Image Timo Inkinen.


      The bluish reflection nebula NGC 2023 is located lower left from the Horsehead Nebula. The Horsehead Nebula itself is a dark nebula in the front of red emission nebula IC 434. In the left side there is NGC 2024 aka Flame Nebula. Image Samuli Vuorinen.


      NGC 7538 in Cepheus is a combination of reflection and emission nebula. Image Timo Inkinen.


      Rflection nebulae (LBN 550, 552 and 555) and dark nebulae (LDN 1228) in Cepheus. Image Juha Kepsu.


      Reclection nebula vdB 141 in Cepheus. Image Tero Turunen.

    • Emission nebula info

      In an emission nebula the hot stars nearby cause the gas glow. This should not mix with reflection nebula, where the gas is only lit up by nearby stars.

      The appearance of a gas nebula is irregular, and the fainter parts of it need bigger instruments to be visible.


      Emssion nebulae in Cepheus. The bigger part is composed of the nebulae Cederblad 214 (Ced214) and NGC 7822. The lower round nebula is called Sharpless 170 (Sh2-170). Image J-P Metsävainio.


      The Orion nebula. Image Samuli Vuorinen.


      In this 4-degree-field there are emission nebulae Sh2-157, Sh2-158, Sh2-159, Sh2-161 and Sh2-162 (or NGC 7635 aka Bubble Nebula) and open clusters M52 and NGC 7510. Image Juha Kepsu.


      NGC 281 aka Pacman Nebula. The object is in Cassiopeia. Image J-P Metsävainio.


      NGC 896 in Cassiopeia is the tip of Heart Nebula (IC 1805). Image Timo Inkinen.

Technical information

TS-Optics 86SDQ 86 / 464mm F / 5.4, Canon 6D astromod, Astronomical CLS filter, Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro (belt mod), Lacerta MGEN II autoguider + 180mm guider scope. ISO 800, exposure 50 x 45s. Image processing PixInsight + Lighrtroom.

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Emma Bruus - 4.1.2019 at 12.05 Report this

Upeaa jälkeä Lauri ja erityiskiitos historiallisesta näkökulmasta kohteen tähtikuvaukseen!

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