The Orion Nebula

Messier 42 - NGC 1976

Object Information

Magnitude: 4.00
Constellation: Orion
Distance from Earth: 1,343.9 light-years
Size: 24 light-years across

Acquisition Details

Light frames: 16 stacked 30 second exposures
ISO 400, f/6.3, 1280mm focal length, cropped
Total integration time: 8 minutes
OTA: Celestron C8 Schmidt-Cassegrain
Mount: Celestron CG-5
Optics: f/6.3 focal reducer
Camera: Nikon D5300 unmodified DSLR
Software: PixInsight, Adobe Lightroom


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The Veil Nebula

NGC 6960

Object Information

Magnitude: 7.00
Constellation: Cygnus
Distance from Earth: 1,470.2 light-years
Size: 50 light-years across

Image Acquisition

Light frames: 9 stacked 2.5 minute exposures
ISO 400, f/6.3, 1280mm focal length, cropped
Total integration time: ~22 minutes
OTA: 70-200mm Sigma f/2.8
Mount: Celestron CG-5
Optics: none
Camera: Nikon D750 unmodified DSLR
Software: PixInsight, Adobe Lightroom


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The Dumbbell Nebula

Messier 27 - NGC 6853

Object Information

Magnitude: 7.40
Constellation: Vulpecula
Distance from Earth: 1,360.3 light years
Size: 1.44 light years across

Acquisition Details

Light Frames: 19 stacked 30 second exposures
ISO 4000, f/6.3, 1280mm focal length, cropped
Total integration time: 9.5 minutes
OTA: Celestron C8 Schmidt-Cassegrain
Mount: Celestron CG-5
Optics: f/6.3 focal reducer
Camera: Nikon D750 unmodified DSLR
Software: PixInsight, Adobe Lightroom


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The Eagle Nebula

Messier 16 - NGC 6611

Object Informaiton

Magnitude: 6.00
Constellation: Serpens
Distance from Earth: 7,000.3 light-years
Size: 70 light-years across

Acquisition Details

Light Frames: 14 stacked 30 second exposures
ISO 4000, f/6.3 1280mm focal length, cropped
Total integration time: 7 minutes
OTA: Celestron C8 Schmidt-Cassegrain
Mount: Celestron CG-5
Optics: f/6.3 focal reducer
Camera: Nikon D750 unmodified DSLR
Software: PixInsight, Adobe Lightroom


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The Horsehead Nebula

NGC 2023

Object Information

Magnitude: 6.8
Constellation: Orion
Distance from Earth: 1,500 light-years
Size: 3.5 light-years across

Acquisition Details

Light Frames: Single 10 minute exposure
ISO 800, f/6.3, 1280mm focal length, cropped
Total integration time: 10 minutes
OTA: Celestron C8 Schmidt-Cassegrain
Mount: Celestron CG-5
Optics: f/6.3 focal reducer
Camera: Nikon D5300 unmodified DSLR
Software: Adobe Lightroom