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The Great Orion nebula and The Running Man by Captain-Marmote The Great Orion nebula and The Running Man by Captain-Marmote
EDIT 11/01/2015 - I've run into some issues with the display of this image on DA with a wide gamut monitor, so hopefully the profiles are now corrected. I've also teased a bit more faint data out, enjoy! 

EDIT - The contrast has been increased slightly to bring a better balance to the blacks, this also makes it identical to the version that was featured on 1x.com

Orion nebula M42 bottom and The running man NGC 1973 top.
M42 is a diffuse nebula situated south of Orion's Belt. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. M42 is located at a distance of roughly 1,344 20 light years; and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. The M42 nebula is estimated to be 24 light years across. The Orion Nebula in particular is an active star formation zone. New stars are being born out of the dense hydrogen gas. With these newborn stars are the beginnings of solar systems, planets; rocky worlds and gas giants. The region is constantly changing and perhaps conditions may favour new life at some point. This is in essence, the very beginning of evolution. Gas to stars and planets, and maybe even life itself. 

The nebula is visible with the naked eye even from areas affected by some light pollution. It is seen as the middle "star" in the sword of Orion, which are the three stars located south of Orion's Belt. The star appears fuzzy to sharp-eyed observers, and the nebulosity is obvious through binoculars or a small telescope.

Taken with:
Canon 1100D (modified)
Skywatcher Quattro F4
NEQ6 mount

Exposure time of 3 and a half hours

This uses all the same data as the previous uploads but the raws were edited before stacking
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
:star::star::star::star::star:
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Mioko001 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
Wow!  This is absolutely stunning! 3 and a half hours of exposure time, blimey! For my nightsky pictures i use 1 or 2 minutes  XD.
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animallover1967 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
This is stunning!
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Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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MatthewPaver Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
hey, what was the modification on the canon?
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Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
The 1100D has a dual filter system, one to block IR and UV and another to correct for red response, cutting it by about 75% at a certain wavelength, removal of the filter allows the camera to detect 656nm which is the spectrum of light emission nebulae produce if you google "astonomiser" you can look at a lot more info as they specialise in modifying eos cameras 
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MatthewPaver Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the info
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RedNosE2 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Crazy cool :)
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NPCDylan Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student Photographer
Looks amazing c:
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hail-the-oblivious Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
holy hell this is awesome
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Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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A2Matos Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   Photographer
This great work has been featured here:Animals, Plants and Nature Spotlight Vol. 17 [link]
Looking forward to seeing more art from you at #devPREMIUM ! [link]

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Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you! Very much appreciated!
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A2Matos Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   Photographer
You r welcome ;)
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Robert-Eede Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Cool gallery. + 1 watch from me! :)
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012   General Artist
Wow ._. Now I know why you liked my nebula painting :D I'd love to be able to see this, but I don't have a telescope :/ But yes, awesome shot, amazing that this can be caught from so far away!
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Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
It's a very good painting! and thank you :) It is pretty impressive to look at with the naked eye, but you cant see much more than the core of the nebula without a huge telescope, hence the reason i tend to stick with the camera for my eyes :P
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012   General Artist
That's got to be some serious camera lol xD But right now, I'm happy with my little olympus VR340 :D I have a few okish photos in my gallery done with that camera :)
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Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
ahh its only a Canon 1100D nothing too special and you can still get a lot done with a VR340 too! The photos you do have up all have good composition too. Under the power certainly is quite striking :D
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012   General Artist
Yes I got a few good comments on Under the Power on flickr lol :D Thanks :) But still, I guess I would need some sort of epic telescope to get shots like yours huh? xD
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Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
There is quite a lot of equipment behind the images yeah, but its surprisingly cheap compared to camera equipment. most of the time i would get better images if i lived somewhere with less light pollution and less English weather aha.
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012   General Artist
Well yes I agree with that, we barely ever get to see stars here lol. Scotland would be a lot better, I saw plenty of stars and clear nights when I used to live up there :D
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Excellent work. Fine science. Thanks for sharing. :winner:
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Fuyu-no-sakura Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible
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Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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CoronaChrome Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
There is a very food article on the Orion Nebula in the December "Astronomy" magazine.

Fantastic photo!
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deaconfrost78 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great!
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Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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deaconfrost78 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Not at all :-)
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bhalstead Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012   Photographer
You have captured the textures beautifully.
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Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you :) I was lucky to get two nights of beautiful clear sky in an otherwise abysmal winter for astronomy ahah
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Osaid-Shahid Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn awesome man :)
Keep it up ^_^
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LunaWitchGirl Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student General Artist
This. Is. AMAZING!
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Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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LunaWitchGirl Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Welcome!
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IcecoldeEagle07 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student Photographer
This is absolutely spectacular.
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spraycansoul Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist
wqwwwwow
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RayM0506 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Simply put, WOW!!!!!
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express-o Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow! this is beautiful! <3
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PerfectPicture123 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Uhm so awesome,you're awesome :D
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windowfog Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What, really?! It's the middle star in the belt?! I'll need to point my telescope at it one of these nights. I always thought I wouldn't be able to see any of these *____* in my heavily light polluted area.
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Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yeah its amazing when you think about it. if the conditions are good you will be able to see the four stars at the core of the nebula and the sorrounding neblosity. you might be able to see the "arms" of the nebula too, though one is fainter than the other. it will also look blue / green to the eye but is still lovely to look at none the less :)
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windowfog Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, you're gonna get my hopes all up. My telescope's pretty dinky, but I'll definitely see if I can see something once it stops being so windy over here.
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Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
Its well worth the look, though visual observing is always much more undwhelming when you have seen photos of the thing youre looking at lol if you do get to see something though, even if its just rich star fields it can be really good fun. the planets such as Jupiter and Saturn are good to look at. they are tiny but bright. Ive seen a little blurry fuzzy Saturn before, looked like a yellow dot scribbled on black paper, though it was possible to see it had rings. it was probably the first thing i saw to get me into all this.
In otherwords be careful what you look at or you could end up throwing money at it! lol
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windowfog Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, yeah. I've only really seen Jupiter. I do want to see Saturn but it's up at around 3 am here in the winter. Even though I have a basic beginner's telescope, I still find it quite amazing to be able to see things directly. I first spotted Jupiter by accident when I first got the telescope, and it was fuzzy and far and small, but man, I could tell what it was. And that was awesome. But I've definitely gotten that underwhelmed reaction when I've shown things to other people. It's funny how what's totally amazing to you when you see it with your own eye can be utterly disappointing to someone else, lol!

I was resigned to seeing only the moon and some planets, so when I read your description about this in Orion visible through a small scope, man!
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Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
hehe yeah, its worth a shot for sure, it might need a very clear night for it to be visible. The biggest problem will be trying to find it, but its not impossible. I once pointed the telescope to M13, the Hercules globular cluster (its really good fun to say out loud haha)I had the wrong view finder in and whatnot but it was visible as a misty speckled blue blob. my friend who was with me at the time looked once and wanted to just pan about looking at more stars! lol
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Beware-Of-Optimist Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Woooow. This is beautiful! Do you put your camera up to your telescope or what? Goodness I wish I could take a night sky shot like this :) haha I'm lucky to get a halfway decent shot at a full moon...
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Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yeah thats pretty much it! The camera fits onto the telescope just the same way it fits onto a lens, though it does get more complicated than that! lol The telescope can follow the object it is looking at and then the camera can do its job. This photo is made of 43, 5 minute photos stacked together
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Beware-Of-Optimist Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, that is majorly impressive :-o Is it a specially made telescope so that the camera can screw on or did you have to get an attachment? Gosh, were it not such an expensive hobby I would love to get into astrophotography. I've got a nice DSLR, but sounds like you've got a much more powerful/expensive telescope than my family does!
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Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
Sorry for the late reply, i've been awful busy lately :(

the camera fits on really simply, just needs a collar for the camera to attach to, and it attaches to the telescope as if it were an ordinary lens.

Also you can get some really nice results from simple kit too, half of the picture is the time you spend taking it, granted some equipment really does a better job

anyway thank you for the kind comments! :D
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