NGC1977 - the "Running Man" Nebula in Orion


NGC1977 is often referred to as the "Running Man Nebula" because, with some imagination, the dark lanes look like a ... running man.

It lies a mere 1,500 light years away. It lies just north of M42 (the Great Orion Nebula) in the sword of Orion. In contrast with M42, it does not emit its own light. It appears blue because it reflects the light of nearby stars.


Telescope: Orion 10 in. f/4.7 Newtonian with Baader coma corrector
Camera: Canon XS (1000D); Hutech modified; Raw Capture; ISO 800
Mount: Losmandy G-11 w/Gemini
Guiding: Orion SSAG on 500mm piggybacked guide scope

20 @ 3 min.


Images were focused using Live View. They were aligned and combined in ImagesPlus. Adjustments were made in Photoshop (Curves, Levels, Cropping).


My backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota on 11/7/10. Temp was 40 deg. F. Humidity was 50%.

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