M42 Orion Nebula and Running Man

The Great Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42,  or M42) is a diffuse nebula situated in the Sword of Orion. Located approximately 1,300 light years from Earth, it is estimated to be 24 light years across and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. The Running Man Nebula (also known as NGC 1973/5/7) is a reflection nebula 1/2 degree northeast of the Orion Nebula. This image was captured using a QHY8L camera, attached to a Sky-Watcher Explorer 190MN Pro. The image consists of 10 x 300s, 10 x 200s and 25 x 45s exposures, stacked and processed using Nebulosity 3 and Photoshop CS6.

David Pickles

Somerset, UK

Sky-Watcher Explorer 190MN Pro, NEQ6 Pro Mount, QHY8L Cooled CCD Camera and guided with a Starlight XPress Lodestar.

The Orion Nebula has always been a favourite of mine, so when I recently upgraded from a DSLR to a QHY8L I couldn’t wait to give it a go. This is my second attempt and I am really pleased with the amount of detail I have managed to capture in the nebulosity whilst also maintaining the trapezium. I was also particularly pleased to have captured the Running Man that reminds me of the opening credits of ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ (showing my age there).