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Image of the Week, February 5, 2016

Kees Scherer M42 HDR

The Great Nebula in Orion and the Running Man, by Kees Scherer

This beautiful HDR (multi-exposure-length combination) version of the Orion nebula, Messier 42, and the Running Man nebula shows the beautiful colors of the hot, star-forming gases in M42, the reflection from the nearby stars on the Running Man, and the darker nebulous dust and gas surrounding the area.

M42 is one of the visually brightest nebulae in the night sky, located in the constellation Orion.

Image acquisition and processing details:

  • Canon 6D on Skywatcher Esprit 100 APO triplet refractor
  • Exposures: 48x10sec iso400 + 63x180sec iso1600 + 36×300 sec iso1600
  • Stacked in DSS (separate per-exposure setting) with flat frames and bias frames
  • Combined in PixInsight with HDRComposition and further processed in PixInsight
    PixInsight Workflow: no DBE, no background calibration, no colour calibration. Histogram stretch, HDRMultiscaleTransform, slight curves adjustments.
  • SQM 20.8

About the photographer:

Kees Scherer
Location: Portugal
Twitter, Flickr


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