Zdobienie / Decoration

Orion Nebula (M42 or NGC 1976)

Zdobienie / Decoration

Orion Nebula (M42 or NGC 1976)

Farewell to Orion – my colours interpretations.

Winter is practically gone. Orion is almost no longer visible at night. We’ll see him again in late autumn. It will again become one of the most interesting places in the night sky to photograph.

M42 / NGC 1976

TheOrion Nebula (M42, or NGC 1976) 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. The M42 nebula is estimated to be 24 light years across. It has a mass of about 2,000 times that of the Sun. Older texts frequently refer to the Orion Nebula as the Great Nebula in Orion or the Great Orion Nebula.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_Nebula

M42 / NGC 1976

Photos taken near Bielsko-Biała in two sessions at 17 and 24th of March 2020.

I have slightly improved the colors in both previous pictures.I have added the third photo, it’s only stack plus a bit of background noise reduction, without heavy processing to bring all out everything what is possible, as in the previous two photos. I’m starting to be convince myself, that the last photo is probably the best.

M42 / NGC 1976 - native colors


  • Canon EOS 6D
    with IDAS LPS-D2 48mm LP filter and Coma Corrector not perfect
    suitable for my Newton telecope model,
  • Newton CT10
    250/1200 [mm], F4,8
  • NEQ6Pro

  • Composition: Astro Pixel Processor v1.078,
  • Processing: GIMP v2.10.14 + plug-ins and RawTherapee 5.6,
  • Lights: 21 x 60[s] ISO 1600,
  • Flats: 20, ISO-1600,
  • Darks: 9, ISO-1600,
  • Bias: 20, ISO-1600


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