Reflection nebula M78

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The nebula Messier 78 (also known as M 78 or NGC 2068) is a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion.  M78 is the brightest diffuse reflection nebula of a group of nebulae that include NGC 2064, NGC 2067 and NGC 2071. This group belongs to the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex and is about 1,600 light years distant from Earth. M78 is easily found in smalltelescopes as a hazy patch and involves two stars of 10th magnitude. These two stars, HD 38563A and HD 38563B, are responsible for making the cloud of dust in M78 visible by reflecting their light.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Stellarvue SV 152
Imaging cameras: Apogee U16M
Mounts: Paramount MX
Software: DC-3 Dreams ACP, PixInsight PixInsinght 1.8 RC7, Maxim DL, photoshop
Filters: Astrodon E-series LRGB
Dates: Nov. 2, 2013
Locations: New Mexico Skies
Frames: 28×600″
Integration: 4.7 hours

Author: Mike Miller

AstroPhotography of the day by SPONLI
11 April 2014