Orions Belt and IC426

Reflection Nebula in Orion

Uploaded 2/4/03

 Schmidt Camera Field Select an image size for a larger view: 800 x 600 1200 x 800

 12.5" Newtonian Image Select an image size for a larger view: 800 x 600 1200 x 800

This mysterious object in the northern part of Orion is colored with blues and greens typical of reflection nebs in the area. But it is extremely faint, and very seldom photographed. Two images are presented here. The upper image is a widefield shot on Supra 400 of the Belt region of Orion, with IC426 marked in yellow letters. The lower image is with my 12.5 inch newtonian and an ST8i CCD. There are quite a few very bright stars in this image, making it a tough shot to get deep with CCD.

Also notice in the larger versions some of the small galaxies in this image. None of them are charted in Megatar, which normally list the anonymous objects down to 18th magnitude.
 Instrument: 8" f/1.5 Celestron Schmidt Camera Platform: Homemade GEM Film: Kodak PJ400 CCD Autoguider: None Exposure: 2x8mins Filters: UV Location: Happy Jack, Arizona Elevation: 6800 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: -12 C Processing: Photoshop, PW Pro.
Instrument: 12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian Platform: Astrophysics 1200 QMD CCD Camera: SBIG ST8i NABG Guider: SBIG ST4 Exposure: LRGB = 60:20:20:40 (RGB Binned 2x2) RGB Combine Ratio: 1: .8: 1.2 Filters: RGB Tricolor Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing FWHM = 4.0 arcsec Outside Temperature: -5 C CCD Temperature: -20 C



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