• Constellation: Orion
  • Right Ascension: 05h 35m 17.3s
  • Declination: −05° 23′ 28″
  • Distance: 1,350 ly

The Orion Nebula or M42 is one of the brightest nebulae in the sky, visible as a "fuzzy" star in Orion's sword hanging from the belt. The Trapezium cluster named for the four brightest OB stars form a trapezoid figure ionizes and illuminates the nebula. The nebula contains hundreds of young stars and more than 700 stars associated with the cluster.

  • Telescope: EDT 80mm Reftactor
  • Camera: ZWO A071 Color