<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"><html> <head><TITLE>Jools and Tom's Astrophotography Pages</TITLE> <META content="text/html; charset=unicode" http-equiv=Content-Type> <LINK href="../Astro.css" rel=stylesheet type=text/css> <META content="MSHTML 5.00.2920.0" name=GENERATOR> </head> <BODY> <CENTER> <h1>The Great Orion Nebula (M42)</h1></CENTER> <CENTER><IMG src="../img/m42/20030221-m42.jpg"></IMG> <TABLE border=0> <TR> <TD vAlign=top align=right>Image taken</TD> <TD></TD> <TD>21&nbsp;Feb 2003, 21:00<BR>8&nbsp;images from c.25 stacked&nbsp;frames of 5 seconds exposure.</TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=top align=right>Location</TD> <TD></TD> <TD>Tom's back garden, near Southampton<BR>-2C,&nbsp; hazy</TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=top align=right>Statistics</TD> <TD></TD> <TD> Distance:&nbsp;&nbsp;1500 light years </TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=top align=right>Equipment used</TD> <TD></TD> <TD>Helios 8" newtonian reflector<BR>Logitech QuickCam Pro 4000 SC Long Exposure Modified&nbsp;(no lens)<BR>K3CCDTools, Registax and Photoshop</TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=top align=right>Comments</TD> <TD></TD> <TD> <P>This was our&nbsp;second test&nbsp;of the long exposure web cam.&nbsp; Having the "shutter" open for longer allows the CCD to collect more light and show dimmer detail - this image was stitched together from several adjacent images, each created in Registax.&nbsp;M43 is also visible around the bright star in the top left quadrant.&nbsp; We clearly need to&nbsp;get away from the city lights and to cover a much larger region of the sky.<BR>Our various attempts&nbsp;to image M42 as we improved our technique and equipment can be found <A href="../img/m42/m42.html">here</A></P></TD></TR></TABLE></CENTER> <br> <br> <A href="/">Home</A> | <A href="fgallery.html">Back</A><br> Page last updated 2003-02-28 </BODY> </html>