Orion Nebula (M42)

M42 webcam Sergi Verdugo

Exposure: 20x10" unguided
Telescope: Meade Newton LXD-75 6" f5
Filter: Astronomik IR cut 1.25"
Mount:  Meade LXD-75 Autostar
Camera: Webcam Philips Toucam Pro II SC2
Date: 12th January 2007
Location: Vilassar de Mar (suburban site)
Comments: This was my very first deep sky image! Done just after finishing the long exposure modification SC2 for the webcam Philips Toucam Pro II... I was happy!

The Orion Nebula (also known as M42 or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula situated south of the belt of constellation Orion's. It is one of the brightest nebulae and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky under moderately good conditions. M42 is located at a distance of about 1,344 light years and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. The M42 nebula is estimated to be 24 light years across.
The Nebula is part of a much larger nebula known as the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. The Orion Molecular Cloud Complex extends throughout the constellation of Orion and includes Barnard's Loop, the Horsehead Nebula, M43, M78 and the Flame Nebula.