M42 Great Orion Nebula

The Great Orion Nebula, M42, situated in the Milky Way, approx 1400 light years from the Earth. It is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. To the left is a blue nebula, NGC 1973, known as The Running Man Nebula.

Technical info:
TS 80mm f6 APO triplet refractor – Canon 40D – exposure 3 hours (60x180sec)