The Orion Nebula (M42) Redux

Since my first session imaging the Orion Nebula back on January 28th was out of focus, I decided to learn more about how to focus my CCD camera.  I wrote about my experience learning how to focus in an article entitled, The Importance of Focusing When Imaging Deep Sky Objects.

As I read up on the topic and got more helpful hints from my mentor, Michael Caligiuri, I gave imaging M42 another shot tonight.  Again, I set out to capture 24, 5 minute exposures of the magnificent Orion Nebula but my guidescope came out of alignment and I ended up with 8 salvageable images, which I then processed into the image you see below.  I am much happier with this latest image of M42 as it seems to be in focus, which reveals much more detail than the image I took a couple days ago.

Orion Nebula (M42)

Orion Nebula (M42)

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