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M42 & NGC 1977
I have been into amateur astronomy since 1997 when I bought my first telescope, a 6" Orion Deep Space Explorer. 2 years ago I sold that scope and bought an Orion XT12G 12" dobsonian with goto/tracking. In additional to spectacular visual views the scope allowed me to take some really good planetary images with a Celestron Neximage camera. About a year ago I got into deep-space imaging with the imaging rig described in this image post.
Date Taken: 12/19/2012
Photographer: Greg B.
Location: Jordan Lake, Pittsboro, NC
Telescope: Orion ED80T CF Triplet Apochromatic Refractor Telescope
Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G Computerized GoTo Telescope Mount
Other Camera: Canon T2i EOS 550D
Processing: DeepSkyStacker, Photoshop CS 5.1
Exposure: 30x120 sec & 30x30 sec
Other Equipment Used: Orion SSAG w/50mm guide scope
Notes: Processed image of M42 and NGC 1977 also known as the Orion and Running Man Nebulas in the constellation Orion. Composite image composed from 30 2 minute and 30 second exposures, calibrated with darks, flats and dark-flats. Camera: Canon T2i Telescope: Orion ED80T CF Triplet Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G Guiding: Orion SSAG w/50mm guide scope Software: BackyardEOS for acquisition, PHD for guiding, DeepSkyStacker for calibration and stacking, Photoshop CS 5.1 for post-processing.

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