NGC 1977
DSS image of NGC 1977
Overlaid DSS image of NGC 1977, 60' x 60' with north at top and west to the right

Aladin viewer for the region around NGC 1977
Running Man Nebula

Type  Bright Nebula
Magnitude  7
Size  20' x 20'
Right Ascension  5h 35' 15.8"  (2000)
Declination  4° 50' 40" S
Constellation  Orion
Description  nebula with star 42 Orionis
Classification  E+R
Observing Notes

Andrew Cooper
Feb 7, 2018    Waikoloa, HI (map)
20cm f/6 Newtonian, Cave Astrola @ 56x
Seeing: 7 Transparency: 6 Moon: 0%

A bright reflection nebula just north of the famous Great Nebula of Orion M42 and often overlooked as a result, large, subtle, surrounding a dozen 5-7 magnitude stars, 20' across, faint, brighter near the brighter stars

This object encompasses two other catalogued NGC objects, NGC1973 and NGC1975 which are two brighter sections of the larger NGC1977, here in the neighborhood, where lights limit dark adaptation the two smaller nebulae parts are distinct

Andrew Cooper
Jan 13, 2018    Kaʻohe, Mauna Kea, HI (map)
28cm f/10 SCT, NexStar 11" GyPSy @ 80x
Seeing: 7 Transparency: 7 Moon: 0%

A bright nebula surrounding a handful of bright stars, bright, large, filling the field of view, two distinct sections divided by an east-west dark rift, notably brighter near each star as one would expect in a reflection nebula, the stars are considered an open cluster in this star forming region with a handful of magnitude 5-7 stars scattered over a 5' area, quite a beautiful object
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NGC 1977