NGC1977 - the "Running Man" Nebula in Orion


NGC1977 (Sh2-279) is often referred to as the "Running Man Nebula" because, with a little imagination, the dark lanes outline what looks 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: APM/LZOS 152mm Refractor
Camera: Modified Canon 650D; Raw Capture; ISO 1600
Mount: iOptron CEM60
Guiding: Orion SSAG on 210mm guide scope

14 @ 5 min.


Images were focused using Live View. They were aligned and combined in ImagesPlus. Adjustments were made in Photoshop. Topaz Detail and DeNoise were applied.


My backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota on 2/17/18. Temp was 20 deg. F. Seeing was fair.

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