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M42 Orion Nebula with XT10i Dobsonian

Posted By XTSee On December 4, 2008 @ 11:37 pm In Astrophotography, Observing, XT10 | 1 Comment

Hey hey! I’m pleased as punch. I’ve taken a picture of M42 The Great Orion Nebula showing the Trapezium stars using my Orion Skyquest XT10i telescope.

“Yeah, so what, loads of people take photos of the Orion Nebula with their scopes”, you say.

Aha, but how many people attempt it with a Dobsonian mounted scope WITHOUT motorised tracking?

Yep - No EQ tracking.

Just aligned by hand, and photographed using a humble webcam.

Well here it is, and you can read how I did it on my website page:-

[1] M42 Orion Nebula and Trapezium taken with Orion XT10i dobsonian mounted telescope

[1] M42 Great Orion Nebula taken with XT10i

M42 Great Orion Nebula taken with XT10i

There are more pics on the article page, and details of how I used K3CCDTools and Photoshop to enhance the basic movie footage I took of the nebula. There’s plenty of room for improvement, but I reckon its a pretty good first attempt.

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