Michael A. Stecker


Orion's M42 and NGC1977
Located in the "sword" of the Orion constellation is the Great Orion Nebula (M42- the pink nebula on the right) and the fainter blue reflection nebula
NGC 1977 ("the running man") to its north (on the left).  M42 is an emission nebula where active star formation is taking place.  The brightest
portion of the nebula is the Trapezium --  the yellow area near its base.
Photographic data
Telescope: Astro-Physics 155 mm f/7 EDF refractor
Camera: Nikon F2 35 mm film camera
Film: Kodak Pro 400 PPF, 35 mm, unhypered
Exposure: Three 45 minute, stacked