M42 Great Nebula in Orion

One never gets tired of imaging this bright, giant nebula that dominates the winter sky. This image is a work in progress. It's just an hour and 30 minutes of exposure, consisting of 10 minute, 60 second and 30 second exposures to cover the extremely bright dynamic range of this object. The exposures are then blended so you can see the brightest and dimmest parts of this magnificent celestial showpiece. This image was taken under only fair sky conditions with some high clouds and sub-par seeing on December 3, 2010. 

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