NGC 1977 is one of the brightest reflection nebulas in the sky and would be much more well known if it weren't so close to the brightest nebula of all M-42. They are located in Orion and make up the "sword" part of the constellation which is easily visible without any visual aid. NGC 1977 is what appears to be the top star in the sword but really is a closely grouped cluster of several stars when viewed with low power. It gets its name from the likeness of a man running in the midst of the blue cloud of gas. This image consists of 1 hour and 50 minutes of exposure. 90 minutes of color data and 20 minutes of hydrogen-alpha data. This image was taken on November 19, under fair seeing conditions with the Hyperion 12.5" Astrograph and a SBIG STL11000M CCD camera. Everything rides on a Paramount ME equatorial mount. Be sure to click on the image above for a larger, more detailed view.