Russell Croman Astrophotography  



Reflection Nebula NGC 1977

About This Photograph

Situated just to the north of the Great Orion Nebula we find this celestial treasure. All three types of nebula are visible here, from the subtle red hues of hydrogen emission, to the vast clouds of dust reflecting the intense light of the young, blue-hot stars, and finally to the murky, dark folds of dust clouds that are seen only due to their absorption of light beyond.


Technical Details

Optics:14" f/10 RCOS Ritchey-Chr├ętien Cassegrain
Mount:Astro-Physics AP1200GTO.
Filters:SBIG standard RGB.
Dates/Times:14, 19 December 2003.
Location:my backyard observatory in Austin, Texas.
Exposure Details:RGB = 60:40:100 minutes (5-minute individual exposures).