Messier 42


Anglo-Australian Telescope image of the Great Nebula in Orion, M42, and its smaller companion, M43.

Due to advanced contrast enhancing image processing (unsharp masking) by David Malin, the Great Orion nebula shows up in great contrast and detail in this image, a three-color composit obtained from photographic plates taken with the 3.9-meter Anglo-Australian Telescope of the Anglo-Australian Observatory. The Great Oriaon Nebula M42 is shown here together with the separated part M43, which is sometimes called de Mairan's Nebula. Technical details: Blue: 1 minute on Kodak IIa-O emulsion using GG 385 filter, Green: 1 min IIa-D/GG 495, Red: 1.2 min on 098-04/RG 630.

Our image of M43 is a magnification created by David Malin from parts of the same image.

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  • David Malin's informations on this image
  • More AAT and UKS images of M42 by David Malin including a wider field and an unnmasked version of this image
  • More images by David Malin

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