Horsehead M42
The Orion Nebula with NGC 1977

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(Click here to see my previous best processing effort on 11/20/2001 - Same data)

Date: November 20, 2001
Exposure: RGB : 20:20:32 : 20 x 60s R,G & 20 x 96s B
Processing: MaxIm for Image calibration,(10 flats each RGB, dark subtracted and median combined, 10 bias frames median combined, 10-60s darks median combined, and 10-96s darks median combined),alignment, normalization, and color combining. Photoshop CS was used to bring up the detail. Neat Image plugin for Photoshop was used to remove the noise.
Conditions: Average, Mag 3-4 Skies
Scope: Vixen 102mm Flourite, f/6.5
Camera: SBIG ST-8E/CFW-8, -25°, Vixen 6.3 Focal Reducer
Comments: Cold and clear night with still air. Even at only 60 sec exposures, the core is still burned out. I am going to try and shoot shorter exposures and combine to see if I can capture the core next.