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Orion Nebula

M42

Description of object: The nebula M42 is also known as the Great Orion Nebula. It is plainly visible to the naked eye as the the sword below Orion's belt.  M42 is one of the most popular objects for small telescopes.

Image Information: 22:51 February 13, 2002.  The images on this page were created from a single 45 second exposure. 

Moon Illumination: 3%

Telescope and Camera Info.: Meade 10in. f/6.3 Schmidt-Cassegrain with an Apogee AP6E CCD Camera.