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Contains:  NGC 2071, M 78, NGC 2068, NGC 2067, NGC 2064
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M78 and Reflecting Dust Clouds, 


            JOAO A MATTEI
M78 and Reflecting Dust Clouds

M78 and Reflecting Dust Clouds

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Astro-Tech AT111-EDT

Imaging camera:SBIG STF- 8300M

Mount:SkyWatcher EQ 6

Guiding telescope or lens:Astro-Tech AT111-EDT

Guiding camera:SBIG ST+i

Software:PixInsight PixInsinght

Filter:Baader LRGB 36mm

Resolution: 3352x2532

Dates:April 18, 2015April 19, 2015

Baader Blue 36mm: 8x480" -20C bin 2x2
Baader Green 36mm: 5x420" -20C bin 2x2
Baader Luminance 36mm: 10x600" -20C bin 1x1
Baader Red 36mm: 6x420" -20C bin 2x2

Integration: 4.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 15.01 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.43% job: 659943

RA center: 5h 47' 1"

DEC center: +0° 8' 24"

Pixel scale: 1.424 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 179.095 degrees

Field radius: 0.830

Locations: Atacama Desert, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta, Chile


This image was captured in Atacama Desert, in April 2015.

M78 is about five light-years across. An eerie blue glow and ominous columns of dark dust highlight M78 and other bright reflection nebula in the constellation of Orion. The dark filamentary dust not only absorbs light, but also reflects the light of several bright blue stars that formed recently in the nebula.

It was captured using LRGB Baader filters and processed using PixInsight.



License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons

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M78 and Reflecting Dust Clouds, 


            JOAO A MATTEI