The Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula situated 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 light years and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. The M42 nebula is estimated to be 24 light years across. It has a mass of about 2000 times the mass of the Sun. Older texts frequently refer to the Orion Nebula as the Great Nebula in Orion or the Great Orion Nebula

Equipment and processing

Telescope: Astrotech AT72ED

Mount: Meade LXD55

Camera: Pentax K-30

Filters: None

Guiding: PHD

Processing: PixInsight

Capture software: Intervalometer

Exposures: 59x30 ISO1600

Location: UACNJ