The Great Orion Nebula, Messier 42
From the Atacama desert with a small telescope.

© Stéphane Guisard, Los Cielos de América

& Thierry Demange, CapNature

The Great Orion Nebula (Messier 42) is undoubtoudly one of the most photogenic nebula in the whole sky. The picture shown here was taken from the Atacama desert in Chile with a small (150mm diameter) refractor telescope (Takahashi TOA150) and a SBIG ST11000 CCD camera mounted on an Astelco NTM500 equatorial mount. Total exposure time is 12h45 minutes through Luminance, Halpha, Red, Green and Blue filters. Image acquisition and pre-processing by Stéphane, color processing by Thierry.

Orion Nebula, full image.

Orion Nebula, crop of the center of the nebula.

The "running man" nebula region.

Orion Nebula, crop of the central dust region.