The Orion Nebula is perhaps the most spectacular of all deep sky objects. As nice as the nebula may appear here, this image is nothing compared to the really good pictures you can find elsewhere on the web. If you've never seen this nebula before, its worth searching the net for images taken with high-end amateur or professional gear. The full extent of this nebula is amazing and the level of observable detail is incredible.
The image was made from a stack of frames taken over two nights.
Some of the frames are IR filtered, some are not.
Theres a variety of exposure times as well ranging from 60 to 300 seconds.
The frames were originally intended for test purposes, to determine the best exposure times and camera angles to use for the real picture I planned to take later.
However, A) I never did get around to making the "real" picture and B) this one actually looks pretty good, so I went ahead and posted it anyway.
Moral of the story: Never let perfection stand in the way of success.