Astrophotography by Philipp Salzgeber

 

 

Philipp
Salzgeber

Wolfurt / Austria

Orions Sword - M42/M43 & NGC1977

Astrophotography by Philipp Salzgeber

M42, the Great Orion Nebula is the brightest Nebula visible in the northern sky. Located in the splendid winter constellation it is visible even to the unaided eye. But the color which is seen in long exposure photographs like the one above, are only very faintly seen in big amateur telescopes. The blue reflection nebula in the upper part of the image is NGC1977 - some people call it the running man nebula...

Missing an autoguider I had to guide this image by hand, using a 70mm f/10 guidescope. (Lidlscope) With the dual axis hand controller still out for repair, I had to apply the (seldom) declinatin corrections manually. I "scanned" the negative with a Nikon Coolpix 950 Camera, a Nikon ES-1 slide copying adaptor and a small Cabin Light Panel (CL-5000P)


Telescope:
Vixen R130S, 5.1" Newton Telescope on Super Polaris GEM -> equipment
Camera
Nikon FM2
Film
Kodak Supra 400
Exposure:
1x30 min, 1x5 min
Date:
2002-01-11
Location:
Bödele above Dornbirn, Vorarlberg, Austria (elev. ~1000m), temperature: -5°C.
Processing:
I layered a masked shorter exposure to increase detail in the parts around the trapezium.
Combining Two Different Exposures by Jerry Lodriguss
 


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