Frames: 54x300" ISO1600
Integration: 4.5 hours
Avg. Moon age: 3.31 days
Avg. Moon phase: 12.10%
Mean SQM: 21.20
Astrometry.net 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
54 x 300 sec
SV80ST at 480 mm f/6
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