Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Contains:  M 78  ·  NGC 2064  ·  NGC 2067  ·  NGC 2068  ·  NGC 2071
Messier 78, 


            Lawrence E. Hazel
Messier 78
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Messier 78

Messier 78, 


            Lawrence E. Hazel
Messier 78
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Messier 78


Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
Skywatcher Esprit 100ED APO Triplet
Imaging Cameras
Orion USA Atlas EQ-G
Lumicon Deep Sky
DeepSkyStacker · PHD Guiding · SBIG CCDOps · Noel Carboni's Astro Tools for PhotoShop · Noiseware Community Edition · Star Spikes Pro 3 · Photoshop 7.0
Guiding Telescopes Or Lenses
Orion USA 80mm short tube
Guiding Cameras
Orion Starshoot autoguider

Acquisition details

March 10, 2018
17x600" (2h 50')
2h 50'
Avg. Moon age:
23.05 days
Avg. Moon phase:

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 1966912

RA center: 05h46m59s.8

DEC center: +00°0715

Pixel scale: 1.988 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 178.785 degrees

Field radius: 1.241 degrees

Resolution: 1824x1447

Locations: my backyard, Lake Placid, Florida, United States

Data source: Backyard


The nebula Messier 78 (also known as M 78 or NGC 206 is a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780 and included by Charles Messier in his catalog of comet-like objects that same year.

M78 is the brightest diffuse reflection nebula of a group of nebulae that includes NGC 2064, NGC 2067 and NGC 2071. This group belongs to the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex and is about 1,600 light years distant from Earth. M78 is easily found in small telescopes as a hazy patch and involves two stars of 10th magnitude. These two stars, HD 38563A and HD 38563B, are responsible for making the cloud of dust in M78 visible by reflecting their light.

About 45 variable stars of the T Tauri type, young stars still in the process of formation as well as some 17 Herbig–Haro objects are known in M78.

from Wikipedia