I've always seen the 3 bright stars in the sky that are lined up. Now I know they are called Mintaka, Alnilam and Alnitak bit I never knew that the orion nebula was right below them till today.
Well I was using my explore scientific 10" dob , my baader 8-24mm and barlow and was looking at the M42 this morning around 4:45am. I was happy to finally know what I have always just looked at but it looked just like a cloud.
Is it possible to see any color from the nebula without going the camera route? I know the darker/clearer the sky the better but I don't always have that option especially right now with the California fires.
I'm just starting so my equipment list is really short but it is growing. Once I find a better spot ill look for spiral galaxies and other nebula