The Orion Nebula (M42) is one of the brightest and closest star forming regions to
our Solar System, lying about 1500 LY away in the constellation Orion.  The above
image also contains M43, the smaller flame shaped cloud in the upper left.  The Orion
Nebula is part of the larger star forming cloud known as the Orion Molecular Cloud 
Complex, which spans several hundred light years.

November 20, 2008
WO 105mm f/7 Apo Refractor
Canon Digital Rebel 400D / Modified (Hap Griffin)
72 Minutes / 24x180s@ 800ASA
Manually guided on a 14" Meade LX200
Skyhawk Observatory, West Bend, WI
Rick Kazmierski

Messier 42

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