The Sword of Orion
M42 & M43 The Great Orion Nebula Complex
with NGC 1973-75-77 The Running Man Nebula.
I captured some faint background nebulosity and structures as well. This bright nebula is one of the most spectacular views through amateur telescopes! This massive Stellar Nursery is located about 1,350 light-years from Earth.
I finally got around to processing my data from September, and it was a fun challenge to process, due it it high dynamic range, especially at F2, but using layers masking in Adobe CC and carefully combining 3 different exposure lengths, helped me to control the amount of light each layer contributed to the final image.
8″ F2 RASA scope, ZWO AM5 Harmonic Mount, ZWO 294MC cooled Color Cmos camera, Starizona NBZ UHC Filter,
ASI Air Plus via Ethernet to Ipad.
7 x 300 sec., 16 x 30sec, 1 x 10sec sub exposures, 43 minutes and 10 sec. Total integration time.
Stacked in DSS, Processed in Pixinsight and Adobe CC.
Captured from my observatories at JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio on 09-16-2023.