Great Orion Nebula

Observed:  Points: 30

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as of 10/20/2017 8:48 a.m.

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General Info

TypeDiffuse Nebula
ConstellationOrion
Right ascension5h35'17.200''
Declination-5°27'27''
Magnitude4
Distance1,600ly
Size85 arc min
Catalog Designations NGC1976, M42
Discovered 1610 Nicolas Peiresc

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Really windy, with the focus going in and out. Light pollution from the neighbors.

Huge cloud. resembled to me a bird in flight with the head being the point with 4 stars (trapezium) in a cluster. When i put the 6mm EP on the cluster, i can see a very faint 5th star.

Great Orion Nebula

Celestron Omni XLT 150
0 points

M42 showed up bright and clear on the camera, after some processing (and help from a redditor) I ended up with this amazing shot.

Great Orion Nebula

Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 Binoculars
30 points

It's great that I can see a bit of this nebula even in a suburban area with only binoculars.

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