Urban M42, 2021

Here is a very short 15 minute exposure of the Great Orion Nebula taken from my driveway. The conditions were terrible, a fresh snow fall covered the ground, reflecting the city light up into the sky. With my intended target behind a tree in my front yard I swung the scope over to Orion to grab a few subs as a test of how well the Optolong L-eNhance filter worked on this target. Take a look at the image below to see the answer to that question!

According to Wikipedia - The Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula situated in the Milky Way, being south of Orion's Belt in the constellation of Orion. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. It is 1,344 20 light-years (412.1 6.1 pc) away 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 2,000 times that of the Sun. Older texts frequently refer to the Orion Nebula as the Great Nebula in Orion or the Great Orion Nebula. The Orion Nebula is one of the most scrutinized and photographed objects in the night sky, and is among the most intensely studied celestial features.[8] The nebula has revealed much about the process of how stars and planetary systems are formed from collapsing clouds of gas and dust. Astronomers have directly observed protoplanetary disks and brown dwarfs within the nebula, intense and turbulent motions of the gas, and the photo-ionizing effects of massive nearby stars in the nebula.

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Object The Orion Nebula Object RA 5:35:16 Dec -5:23:01
Date 10 February, 2021
Exposure 15 minutes (3 X 5 minutess)
Conditions Very bright sky due to light reflecting off fresh snowfall, looking into the worst of my light pollution
Gain 100
Camera Zwo ASI2600MC-Pro
Optics Prime focus of a  SkyWatcher Esprit 120 f/7 APO refractor with a focal length of 840 mm
Filter Optolong L-eNhance
Location Bedford, Nova Scotia
Processing This image was captured using Sequence Generator Pro. Split star processed similar to this.