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Deep Sky Objects in Orion, the Hunter
Here is a listing of the brightest Deep Sky Objects in Orion down to about magnitude 12.
The table is sorted by NGC number. If an IC or Messier number is associated with the object it is also noted.
Each entry will have a link to the Simbad and Aladin databases for further information. Click on the NCG/IC/Messier number to access these databases. There are also links to the Digitized Sky Survey site which has images taken in red light. These very detailed images are each 14x14 arc-seconds wide and are about 300k in size. For more about the Digitized Sky Survey click HERE.

Click HERE for an ETX tour.

NGC IC Messier Type Size
(arc sec)
Mag RA Dec DSS Other Name or comments
2068   78 Nebula 8 8 05:46.8 00:04 X  
1982   43 Nebula 20 9 05:35.5 05:16 X DE MAIRAN'S NEBULA (ORION NEBULA EXTENSION)
2194     OC 10 10.5 06:13.8 12:50 X  
2186     OC 4 9 06:12.0 05:28 X  
2169     OC 7 7 06:08.4 13:58 X  
2141     OC 10 11 06:03.1 10:26 X  
2112     OC 11 9 05:53.9 00:23 X  
1981     OC 25 4.6 05:35.2 04:26 X  
1662     OC 20 8 04:48.5 10:57 X  
2175     OC+Neb 18 7 06:09.8 20:20 X  
1980     OC+Neb 14 2.5 05:35.2 05:55 X  
1976   42 OC+Neb 66 4 05:35.3 05:23 X ORION NEBULA/ORION A

OC - Open Cluster PN - Planetary Nebula, GC - Globular Cluster, Ir Gal - Irregular Galaxy

Image created using TheSky 5.0 Level IV
available from Bisque Software


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2003 Kevin Muenzler, Eagle Creek Observatory.