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Contains:  NGC 2071, M 78, NGC 2068, NGC 2067, NGC 2064
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Reflection Nebula M78, 


            Scott Davis
Reflection Nebula M78

Reflection Nebula M78

Technical card

Resolution: 3000x1980

Dates:Feb. 13, 2015

Frames:One-Shot Color: 37x300" ISO1600

Integration: 3.1 hours

Darks: ~5

Flats: ~40

Flat darks: ~40

Bias: ~40

Avg. Moon age: 23.47 days

Avg. Moon phase: 36.10%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 3.00 job: 543971

RA center: 86.709 degrees

DEC center: 0.125 degrees

Pixel scale: 2.169 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -88.245 degrees

Field radius: 1.083 degrees

Locations: Big Stump, Kings Canyon National Park, CA, United States


Messier 78 is a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. Visually it is quite difficult to see much of anything, but when photographed, several separate reflection nebulae begin to appear. Careful processing reveals the presence of dramatic patterns of dust throughout the region. The nebula is approximately 1,600 light years from Earth. Processing of this image was very challenging.



Scott Davis
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

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Reflection Nebula M78, 


            Scott Davis