M42 – The Great Orion Nebula

Subject: M42 - The Great Orion Nebula
Telescope: Celestron CPC 800
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Technique: 25 second exposure at 1600 ISO in prime focus.

This is my first successful attempt at deep sky imagery and my first time seeing some color in a nebula (everything you see here is natural). Thanks to my new SCT telescope, the Celestron CPC 800, I am now able to take some long exposures (but not too long since I’m using an altazimuth mount). Too bad M31, the Pleiades, and most of the deep sky I’m familiar with are setting early now. I had to take this within about a 20 minute window before it set. Hopefully I can get better focus next time.

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