Contains: NGC 2112, NGC 2071, M 78, NGC 2068, NGC 2067, NGC 2064, The star 56Ori
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M78 and the Boogie Man Nebula (LDN1622)

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: Stellarvue SV080ST-25FT

Imaging camera: Canon 6D modified

Mount: iOptron CEM60

Guiding telescope or lens: Stellarvue F050G

Guiding camera: ZWO ASI120MM-S

Software: PixInsight Core 1.8

Filter: Hutech HEUIBII-EOSF

Resolution: 5424x3526

Dates: Dec. 21, 2017Dec. 22, 2017

Frames: 54x300" ISO1600

Integration: 4.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 3.31 days

Avg. Moon phase: 12.10%

Mean SQM: 21.20

Temperature: -13.00 job: 1887673

RA center: 87.576 degrees

DEC center: 1.015 degrees

Pixel scale: 2.784 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 67.753 degrees

Field radius: 2.501 degrees

Locations: Edmund G. Kline Dark Site , Deer Trail, Colorado, United States


Messier 78 is a reflection nebula in the Orion constellation (I call it the bug). It is part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex about 1,600 light years away. Across Barnard's Loop is the Boogie Man Nebula (LDN1622); a dark nebula buried in a cloud of obscuring dust about 500 light years away.

This was captured on two nights in December. I was cut short the first night when 3F temps caused my scope to frost over. The next night I was clouded out after about an hour. I would like to revist this area next year and maybe I will have better weather. Anyway, here is my version of the Bug and the Boogie Man:

Canon 6D modified
ISO 1600
54 x 300 sec
SV80ST at 480 mm f/6




Sky plot

Sky plot


M78 and the Boogie Man Nebula (LDN1622),