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Messier 78 (M78) Queen of reflection nebulas, 



    
        

            Péter Feltóti
Messier 78 (M78) Queen of reflection nebulas
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Messier 78 (M78) Queen of reflection nebulas

Messier 78 (M78) Queen of reflection nebulas, 



    
        

            Péter Feltóti
Messier 78 (M78) Queen of reflection nebulas
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Messier 78 (M78) Queen of reflection nebulas

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: SkyWatcher 200/800 carbon Newton astrograph

Imaging cameras: Canon EOS 600D(a)

Mounts: SkyWatcher NEQ6 PRO belt modified

Guiding telescopes or lenses: SkyWatcher 53 mm mini (for guiding)

Guiding cameras: Mgen guide camera

Focal reducers: Skywatcher F4 coma corrector

Accessory: Lacerta Mgen autoguider


Dates:Dec. 30, 2016

Frames: 189x300"

Integration: 15.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 1.11 days

Avg. Moon phase: 1.40%


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 1756645

RA center: 5h 46' 40"

DEC center: +0° 3' 46"

Pixel scale: 2.323 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 271.587 degrees

Field radius: 0.596 degrees


Resolution: 1536x1024

Locations: Zselic Starlight Park, Kaposvár, Hungary; Ágasvár, Mátraszentistván, Hungary; Kékes, Kékes-tető, Hungary; Mezőfalva, Mezőfalva, Hungary

Description

Messier 78 is definitely one of the most beautiful deep sky objects. It truly deserves the queen of reflection nebulas title. What we see, is clusters of newly born young stars and interstellar dust, as it orders by the star's gravity and forces of stellar wind. This composition greatly shows the contrast of star formation, as it violently whirls enormous amount of dust and gas, like ancient demons fight while actually new star systems, new cosmic life is being born.

The image was made by stacking 189 five minutes sub expos which were acquired during 7 nights at 3 different location.

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Messier 78 (M78) Queen of reflection nebulas, 



    
        

            Péter Feltóti