Messier 42 (M 42) - Orion Nebula
Introduction | Map | Sketch |
Pseudo Photo (Stellarium) | My Own
Observations | References
On this page I collect my observations of the galactic emission nebula M
also called Orion Nebula, in the Orion constellation.
The Orion Nebula M 42 together with its "annex" M 43 is
probably the largest galactic
emission nebula in the northern sky. It is found
in Orion's sword, that is, in the constellation Orion, and
at least the sword is usually visible to the naked eye. M 43 was formerly
considered as a separate nebula, but today it is regarded as part of M 42.
In winter, M 43 is located slightly above M 42.
Size: 25 'x 30' (Stoyan)
Distance: 1,300 light years (Stoyan)
Ranking: ***** (Stoyan)
M 42 and M 43 in Orion's sword
The sketch by Michael Vlasov (DeepSkyWatch.com)
provides a rough impression of what I observed in February 2017 (my impression
was much fainter than the sketch):
of the Orion Nebula by Michael Vlasov (Copyright © Michael
Vlasov 2016) - presented with the author's permission
Pseudo Photo (Stellarium)
Pseudo photo of M 42 taken from Stellarium (large
My Own Observations
- Observed in winter 2015/16 with binoculars and small telescopes; not very
clear to see...
Observations February to Mid-March 2017
- February 13, 2017 (Mühlhausen/Kraichgau: Heritage
100P, LT): M 42/43 observed with 100P and binoculars
- February 14, 2017 (ditto: GSO GSD 680,
LT): M 42/43 observed,
nicer in the GSD 680 than in the small 100P...
- February 15, 2017: (ditto: Heritage
100P on GoTo mount,
LT): M 42/43 observed, used the check whether the mount
is still correctly aligned...
- February 18, 2017 (ditto: GSO GSD 680): M
42/43 observed, and it appeared as detailed and beautiful with this
telescope as I had never seen it before.
- February 26, 2017: (ditto: Heritage
P130 on GoTo mount): M
42/43 observed, with this telescope also very nice (new moon).
- March 2, 2017: (ditto): M 42/43 observed
- March 16, 2017: (ditto): M 42/43 observed
When I used the GoTo
control for the first time,
I started my observations with M 42 and afterwards returned to it from
time to time to check whether the GoTo control was still correctly adjusted.
Observations End of March 2017
- March 27, 2017 (Erkerode: Heritage
Beautiful as not often found, particularly at higher magnifications
- March 28-30, 2017 (Mühlhausen/Kraichgau: Heritage
100P and GSD 680 on
the first day only, Heritage
P130 all three
days): Observed, but nothing recorded...
Observations November 2017
- November 4, 2017 (Mühlhausen/Kraichgau: TS): M
42/43 seen with binoculars; relatively
faint because of nearly full moon (about midnight to 1 a.m.), two bright
spots in the nebula (a star and probably the Trapezium)
Observations December 2017/January 2018
- December 12, 2017 (Mühlhausen/Kraichgau: TS): M
42/43 seen with binoculars
- January 10, 2010 (Mühlhausen/Kraichgau: TS): M
42/43 seen with binoculars
- January 14, 2018 (Mühlhausen/Kraichgau: Skymax-102, Skymax-127, TS): M
well with binoculars. M 42/3 also seen well in both Maksutovs, particularly
the Trapezium; in both telescopes nearly identical, but in the 127 I
was able to see the "wings" a little bit better...
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