(IAAC) Obj: M42/M43 and NGC 1981 - Inst: Astroscan 4,1" f440mm Widefield


Observer: Martin Baur
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 25.01.2000 19:00 MET
Location of site: clearing near Hofgeismar, Germany (Lat +51, Elev 820ft)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5,5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing:  <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: Astroscan 4,1" f440mm Widefield
Magnification: 16x 21x
Object(s): M42/M43 and NGC 1981
Category: Other.
Constellation: Ori
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
I had the complete Orion Nebula region with M 42, M43 and NGC 1981 in my
eyepiece. M 42 and M 43 were very bright. I only were able to see two stars
of the Trapezium at this magnifications. NGC 1981 appeared north from M 42
with about 10 stars, all with approximately the same brightness. The cluster
was well resolved but poor. I also tried to glimpse the reflection nebula
around 42 and 45 Orionis, NGC 1977 but I had no success. All in all it was
very impressive to capture the whole region at once.

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