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Orion Nebula, M43 and NGC 1977 by octane2 Orion Nebula, M43 and NGC 1977 by octane2
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The Orion Nebula (M42), de Mairan's Nebula (M43), and The Running Man Nebula (NGC 1977)

I thought I'd share the image with you to show the potential of this magnificent new 5" refractor. This is only 30 minutes of data. I hope to build upon it when this region is culminating later in the year.

For 30 minutes of exposure, I think I've done well to tame any noise. Yes, I can see the satellite trails -- I didn't have enough data to perform a proper/aggressive data rejection stack and couldn't be bothered with cloning it out. This is a test image. Not up to my usual standards, I know -- I'm a perfectionist. Couldn't help but share this.

Look forward to a spectacular rendition later in the year.

I have a long while to go before I exhaust a DSLR imaging device.

I will spare the detailed write-up for this composition until I have something worthy of presenting. However, I will list the notable objects here.

The Orion Nebula (M42);
de Mairan's Nebula (M43) -- the little circular shaped object towards the bottom left of the main nebula;
The Running Man Nebula (NGC 1977) -- the cluster towards the left enshrined in blue and red nebulosity

This composite consists of one set of images; one set of 6 images taken at ISO-400.
Each individual image was a 300 second exposure.
IRIS was used to calibrate each image (dark subtraction [median combined master dark] and flat field division [median combined master flat {lights and darks}]), to register, align, stack, white balance, and stretch.
Photoshop CS3 was used to adjust levels, curves, saturation, colour balance, local contrast, sharpen, miscellaneous editing, frame and resize the final composite.

Target: The Orion Nebula (M42), de Mairan's Nebula (M43), and The Running Man Nebula (NGC 1977)
Date: Sunday, September 20th, 2009
Time: First image: 03:16 AM
Time: Last image: 03:42 AM
Location: Cootamundra, NSW, Australia
Camera: Canon EOS-40D (modified: Baader UV/IR filter)
Telescope: ED127 triplet APO refractor f/7.5
Focal length: 952mm
Mount: Losmandy G-11 (Gemini)
Guiding: Meade DSI-C through William Optics ZenithStar FD80 f/6.9
Exposure: 6 x 300 seconds (30 minutes) @ ISO-400 (RAW)
Software: Canon EOS Utility: capture and framing; PHD Guiding: autoguiding; IRIS: calibration, registration, stacking, stretching; Adobe Photoshop CS3: post-processing and framing
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12GSuper Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Wow, such beautiful colours here. Amazing detail and clarity.

I myst say I envy the use of a 25" telescope, that must have been an incredible experience.

I still remember seeing Saturn for the first time through a 130mm NR 'scope. Still one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. I can't imagine what it would look like through a 25" :D
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MasterHoff Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
This would be an amazing jumbo Print!!!
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:iconalexandre-deschaumes:
alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
Extremly inspiring .. M42 is magnificient .
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:icondrewhopper:
DrewHopper Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Professional Photographer
Other wordly, literally is though. Do you need an expensive telescope to do this kind of photography?
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:iconintsys:
intsys Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
Another great Photograph!
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:icontoop:
Toop Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a beautiful shot. I don't see these imperfections you do, like the satellite trails... I guess you are the one with the eye for that type of thing ;P
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Ajandra Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Totally amazing!
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:iconoctane2:
octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
Ajandra,

It is an incredible part of the sky, for sure.

Thank you.

Regards,
H
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Silver--Sky Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful! Wonderful picture!
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octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
Silvery--Sky,

Thank you for the kind words.

Watch this space. This was just a test image. I hope to gather many hours of data on this region and will produce a much nicer image.

Regards,
H
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Elgaris Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Simply divine!
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octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
Elgaris,

Thanks, mate!

Regards,
H
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:iconelgaris:
Elgaris Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem, you deserve it :)
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:iconplejaden:
plejaden Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
:faint:
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:iconoctane2:
octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
plejaden,

Thank you, as always. :)

Regards,
H
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:iconplejaden:
plejaden Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
:D
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:iconlotay:
Lotay Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just amazing as usual! :D
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:iconoctane2:
octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
Lotay,

Cheers!

Regards,
H
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:iconlotay:
Lotay Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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Felipegm Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
Wish I could see one of these in my telescope!!!
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:iconoctane2:
octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
Felipegm,

Well, you can see the nebula, but, not as bright and vibrant as this. Especially if you live in a city with lots of light pollution.

I have had the utmost privilege of having seen this through a large telescope (25" diameter reflector) and I could see colour. Pink and a very faint green-blue colour in the nebula. I remember saying "this is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen." It was stunning.

Regards,
H
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Felipegm Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
Cool. Some day I´m going to see thru a powerfull telescope too.
cheers
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:iconvaaern:
vaaern Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
teach me, no really, I love the orion nebula, have a dslr, a telescope (reflector) (a good one), but no idea how to get this result
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:iconoctane2:
octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
vaaern,

For a quick start, read my journal, it explains how these images are produced.

Regards,
H
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self-replica Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
This has to be my favorite yet!
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:iconoctane2:
octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
self-replica,

If it's a favourite, already, bearing in mind that this was just 30 minutes of test data, wait until you see what I'll have produced in the coming few months. Watch this space.

Regards,
H
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evhor Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Sort of a wonderfully rendered classic. Faved!
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:iconoctane2:
octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
evhor,

Thanks, dude!

I will be re-shooting this region soon with many, many hours of data. Look forward to a great image, soon.

Regards,
H
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ftourini Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:love:
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:iconoctane2:
octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
ftourini,

Thank you.

You have an amazing gallery and a wonderful talent. Keep up the excellent work.

Regards,
H
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ftourini Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome!:hug: I am a big fun of your photos!! Sorry for not commenting much but your photos are so great that i am just left speechless! :worship: by the way have you ever tried to take a photo of Saturn? :eager:
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Xecutioner379 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
fantastic shot :) just a few trails but no biggie. do you use an adapter for your camera?
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:iconoctane2:
octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
Xecutioner379,

Yeah, the trailing is really bad. I wasn't balanced correctly. I'd been imaging in the west and then slewed to the east to image this. Needed to move the counterweight down a little. Will shoot this again soon.

Regards,
H
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Xecutioner379 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
How many weights do you use? I typically have 2-3 but that's for my entire scope.
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:iconosilencio:
OSilencio Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
my fav nursery :p

great work ;)
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:iconoctane2:
octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
OSilencio,

And, what a beautiful nursery it is. I'd love to grow up there, too. ;)

Cheers.

Regards,
H
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OSilencio Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
eheheh

its a great nebula ;)
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KoudelkaW Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Wonderful :D
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:iconoctane2:
octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
KoudelkaW,

Thank you!

Regards,
H
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:iconoriontrail:
oriontrail Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009   Photographer
Majestic!
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:iconoctane2:
octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
oriontrail,

I knew you'd like this one.

Thanks!

Regards,
H
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Professional Photographer
I love it, another great capture :D
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octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
TVD-Photography,

Thanks! I will be gathering more and more data as time allows to produce a knockout rendition of this oft-imaged region.

Watch this space.

Regards,
H
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
I shall be watching, I like your pun too, not sure if it was intentional :lol:
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