NGC 1977 - The Running Man

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The Running Man Nebula is found just above the Great Orion Nebula in the constellation of Orion (The Hunter). This blue reflection nebula is aglow from the new stars recently formed within.

The image above was taken with the 12" LX200, AO7, and ST-8E camera at f/6.3 on Feb 4, 2003 from my home in Monmouth Oregon.  It is an LRGB image (as detailed below), with the L frame being the average of all the RGB frames properly scaled for extinction and sensitivity first. Calibration and alignment were done in MaxIm DL. LRGB layering was done with Photoshop.  With an average altitude of 39 degrees, I balanced this to an RGB ratio of 1.09 : 1.00 : 2.15.

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Exposure Count Binning
Luminance R+G+B    
Red 23 min 23 x 1 min 2x2
Green 23 min 23 x 1 min 2x2
Blue 46 min 46 x 1 min 2x2