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M78, 





    
        

            AlBroxton

M78

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Imaging telescope or lens:Celestron C11 Celestron

Imaging camera:40D Canon

Mount:CGEM Celestron

Guiding telescope or lens:80mm EON Orion

Guiding camera:Orion Star Shooter

Focal reducer:6.3 reducer Celestron

Software:photoshop5.00 Images Plus

Resolution: 825x529

Dates:Jan. 31, 2011

Frames: 32x120"

Integration: 1.1 hours

Avg. Moon age: 27.10 days

Avg. Moon phase: 6.55%

Astrometry.net job: 3052732

Locations: Leesburg home, Leesburg , Florida, United States

Description

The nebula Messier 78 (also known as M78 or NGC 2068) is a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780 and included by Charles Messier in his catalog of comet-like objects that same year. 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 small telescopes 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.

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M78, 





    
        

            AlBroxton