Stunning image of the Orion Nebula’s core

Posted by David Eicher
on Friday, December 30, 2011

Ohio astroimager John Chumack has done it again — he leaves us with a New Year’s image of the Orion Nebula (M42) that has been carefully processed to show amazing detail in the core.

Photo by John Chumack
John shot this through his 10-inch scope in Dayton, Ohio, and combined this data with imagery from his 16-inch scope in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The images were combined and layered in Photoshop. The camera used was a modified Canon Rebel Xsi (Baader filter) at ISO 400, with dark frames subtracted. The total exposure times was 16½ minutes

John carefully processed the combined images to show details in the Trapzeium’s core, where newborn stars are forming from Bok globules. It makes for a spectacular shot.

Happy New Year!

Tags: Nebulae
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