The constellation of Orion is home to many popular nebulas which have become popular goto targets for astrophotographers of all levels. You have already seen this year’s version of the Horsehead (IC434). Here is my 2022 edition of the Great Orion Nebula (M42) and it’s sidekick the Running Man Nebula (Sh2-279). Both targets are bright hydrogen emission regions that are part of the asterism known as Orion’s Sword. The pair is located approximately 1,500 lighter years from Earth. The wide-field view shows where this pair is located in Orion’s Belt and Sword.
Wide-field view of Orion‘s Belt and Sword (©DGA, 2022)
Gear: AA Hypercam 26C, SW Evostar 72ED, HEM27 mount, Optolong L-Ultimate; Optolong CLS; SVbony 120mm guidescope + ZWO 120mc
Exif: 32 x 2-min subs (L-Ultimate); 22 x 1-min suns (CLS); Gain 200, Offset 3, TEC @ 10 degrees; 20 darks, 20 flats, 20 dark flats
SharpCap, PHD2; AstroPixelProcessor, PixInsight; Photoshop