Combination of 63, 5 second images unfiltered. SBIG STL-1001E CCD. 20" f/6.8 Dall-Kirkham cassegrain telescope at prime focus.
NGC 1980 is a very scattered cluster of brightstars in Orion, surrounding the 3rd magnitude star, iota orionis. The faint wisps of nebulosity visible in the image above are some of the fainter outer reaches of M42.