Messier 78 - Reflection Nebula in Orion
Reflection Nebula in Orion
  • Description: A dark and dusty part of the sky! This is about the brightest reflection nebula in the northern sky. M78 (aka NGC2068) shines at magnitude 8.3, 7.8 x 8.4 arc minutes in size. Located just a couple of degrees north east of Orion's belt stars, M78 shines blue from reflected starlight. There is also a fair amount of dark nebula present, as well as dust and in the top left corner is the edge of Barnard's Loop, a vast loop of red emission nebula. From a reasonably dark sky you can see M78 in 10x50 binoculars or a small telescope. The reflection nebula above M78 is NGC2071. Sky conditions were not optimum for this shot, too late in the year.

  • Camera: SBIG STF-8300M at -20C
  • Filters: Baader RGB set.
  • Scope: Takahashi FSQ-106N
  • Mount: Astro-Physics 900QMD
  • Exposure: 4x10min red, 4x10min green, 5x10min blue.
  • Location: Wilson Coulee Observatory, Alberta
  • Date: March 22nd, 2023
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