M42, the Great Orion Nebula is the brightest nebula. It is visible even with the unaided eye, but the vivid colors appear only in photographs.
The Orion nebula is a cloud of glowing Hydrogen ( = HII-Region ), in which new stars are formed.
© Philipp Salzgeber
||Kodak Multispeed / PJM-2
||Vixen 130mm (5,1") f/5,5 Newton on a Super Polaris mount
||16 January 1999
Comments:Guiding was done manually using a guidescope. This image should be regarded as a test/preliminary result, because many things were sub-optimal:
To see images of my telescope look at my setup page.
- Guiding errors
- Manual declination corrections because of lack of declination motor
- Film was 1 1/2 years old (stored uncooled).
- Polar alignment was done with polar alignment scope only, no drift alignment.
- I forgot the viewfinder magnifier and the F4 had run out of batteries, so I achieved no good focus.
- Some light-leaks in the film can, the resulting uneven film-fog could be removed only partially.
- Imaging with prime focus/guidescope for the first time.
- Guidescope deliverd bad images because of misalignment of focuser and lens cell.
- Main telescope was not collimated
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