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First glimpse of Orion Nebula

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got my first ever 'close up' glimpse of Orion Nebula this morning :D considering the moon was streaming down and the local car park had both sodium and halogen floods blasting into the sky, and Orion was skimming the horizon, i didnt think i'd see anything more than Orion's belt, but the nebula was there, a hazy white patch in the sky... Wasnt 100% sure at first, but after ruining my vision checking my atlas, yep all the stars matched, spent an hour and a half gradually freezing solid in the hope it would resolve a little better, but it wasnt going to happen 

cant wait to try again when the moon has gone and i'm out in the sticks; trip to north wales at end of the month is in order i think!

exciting times for a newbie :D 


  • Scope: Star Watcher 200P dob w/ SkyWatcher Super 10mm w/ Moon & Sky Glow Filter
  • Sky: [SW London] 100% Clear, Moon 97%, Light Pollution bad

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I had my first decent view of it last night in my 8.5" f/7.6, with a 19mm + UHC - framed beautifully, perhaps just a little wider that you saw it. Moon was bright also and I was far from dark-adapted, but could pick out edges and extensions which I'd never seen before.

Good luck it. :icon_biggrin:

Edit: did you resolve the trapezium stars?

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Got my first glimpse of it tonight. Grand isn't it?

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A hot bed of star formation, right before our eyes!

Clear skies,

Reggie :icon_biggrin:

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