Observation by Paul Anthony Brierley: Mesier 42

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Paul Anthony Brierley


Paul Anthony Brierley


2018 Feb 14 - 21:44


2018 Feb 15 - 21:50


The Orion Nebula (M42)

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Field centre

RA: 05h34m
Dec: -05°21'
Position angle: -0°48'

Field size

3°02' × 4°27'

  • Tamron lens (300mm F10)
  • Canon 1000D (Modified with CLS filter)
  • G11 (Losmandy)

40 minutes shot with 3 minute exposures


Whirlpool Observatory SK11

Target name

Orion Nebula


Mesier 42

About this image

This is a close up of the famous Orion Nebula. It was shot on Tuesday when Cupid shot his arrow, missed his target and busted through the cloud cover. POP!

The Orion Nebula is a diffuse nebula situated in the Milky Way, being south of Orion's Belt in the constellation of Orion. It is one of the brightest nebulae and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. M42 is located at a distance of 1,344 ± 20 light years and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth.

It is one of the objects that most people turn too when he or she. Has binoculars or a telescope.


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