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 42/43, 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 ( provides a rough impression of what I observed in February 2017 (my impression was much fainter than the sketch):

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 version, larger version)


My Own Observations

Observations February to Mid-March 2017

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

Observations November 2017

Observations December 2017/January 2018



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