Contains: NGC 2071, M 78, NGC 2068, NGC 2067, NGC 2064
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M78 from Redzone

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: Takahashi Epsilon 130D

Imaging camera: QSI 690 WSG-8

Mount: Astro-Physics AP 900 GTO CP3

Guiding telescope or lens: Takahashi Epsilon 130D

Guiding camera: Lodestar

Resolution: 1300x1008

Dates: Feb. 2, 2018

Frames: 178x240"

Integration: 11.9 hours

Avg. Moon age: 16.95 days

Avg. Moon phase: 94.69% job: 1921541

RA center: 86.627 degrees

DEC center: 0.235 degrees

Pixel scale: 3.593 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 87.811 degrees

Field radius: 0.821 degrees

Locations: Backyard, Austin, Texas, United States


M78 - A reflection nebula near Orion.

This is a very tough target to shoot from my location due to its make up of dark dust and reflection nebulae. Typically bright objects or emission nebulae work well from light polluted location. This target's position puts in the worst light polluted direction for me (East - right into austin's light bubble). I have been taking sub everytime I get a chance.

Just goes on to show to save calibrated data and eventually something can be done with it :)

The bulk of the data was with my Takahashi Epsilon 130D and 1/3rd of the data is with Takahashi FSQ106ED. This would be very beautiful image when shot from dark site but I am quite happy with the way it turned out given it is from Austin :)

Equipment (Tak E130D-QSI690CCD / Tak FSQ106ED-QHY814CCD) on AP900.



Anis Abdul



got rid of green cast.

Sky plot

Sky plot


M78 from Redzone, 


        Anis Abdul