Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Orion (Ori)  ·  Contains:  M 78  ·  NGC 2064  ·  NGC 2067  ·  NGC 2068  ·  NGC 2071
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M78

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Imaging telescopes or lenses: Orion 8" f/4.9 Newtonian

Imaging cameras: Canon EOS 350D mod. Baader

Mounts: Orion Atlas EQ-G

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 80ED

Guiding cameras: Orion StarShoot Deep Space Color Imager

Focal reducers: Baader Planetarium MPCC

Software: Adobe CS3  ·  Digital Photo Professional  ·  EOS Utility  ·  Stark Labs DSLR Shutter  ·  Stark Labs PHD GUIDING


Dates:Nov. 23, 2014

Frames: 166x240" (11h 4')

Integration: 11h 4'

Avg. Moon age: 1.01 days

Avg. Moon phase: 1.16%


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 589488

RA center: 05h46m46s.3

DEC center: +00°1142

Orientation: -84.312 degrees

Field radius: 0.685 degrees


Resolution: 1000x750

Locations: Chiricahua Mtns - Dark Sky SIte, Dos Cabezas, None

Description

This is my first attempt at capturing this region of Orion. I have enjoyed observing the reflection nebula with my scopes over the years but never really tried to photograph the faint nebulosity that makes M78 so interesting. I must say that the faint stuff is pretty darn faint. I was expecting a photo that was a bit less challenging to process.

Color was tough to set given there is no single portion of this image that isn’t “contaminated” with dust or gas of some sort. Even at 11hrs of data the red glow of the faint H-alpha emission is just starting to show through. Certainly would be nice to have a CCD and H-alpha filter to image this with. I tried my best to not overally smooth the details and maintain a sharp life-like image.

Overall I am very pleased with this DSLR shot of M78. My total of just over 11 hours of integration time really helped in bringing out the fainter bits. I believe that I can push the processing a bit harder without much or any degradation to the image quality. I will try to give it another whirl soon to see if I can improve the overall look and feel.

Sadly this was one of my last photographs captured while still calling Vail, AZ home. This past December the family and I moved back to the lovely and not so astro-friendly region of southeast MI. I still have a couple photos to process from this final imaging trip before the move. After those I suspect I will be producing only a couple images per year. My plans are to take 1 or 2 – one week trips to my favorite dark sky site in southeast AZ.

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