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Messier 78, 


            Ronny Kaplanian
Messier 78
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Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: APM Guidescope  ·  Celestron 9.25 HD EDGE CPC

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 071MC PRO  ·  QHY 5L-IIM

Mounts: Celestron heavy duty wedge

Guiding telescopes or lenses: APM Guidescope

Software: Starry Night 7 Pro Plus  ·  Photoshop CC 2017  ·  Gradient Xterminator  ·  Noel Carboni Astronomy tools for Photoshop  ·  Rogelio Bernal Andreo HASTA Lavista green plugin  ·  Russell Croman Starshrink

Accessory: Starizona Hyperstar 3 lens

Dates:Dec. 17, 2018

Frames: 35x240"

Integration: 2.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 9.26 days

Avg. Moon phase: 69.46%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 2421300

RA center: 5h 46' 41"

DEC center: +0° 4' 26"

Pixel scale: 1.823 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 3.135 degrees

Field radius: 1.458 degrees

Resolution: 1824x1221

Locations: Home Backyard, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Data source: Backyard


This is my 4th attempt at Messier 78 via my Hyperstar lense system, the nebulae is a very dark and mysterious object in space positioned very close to Orion's hot super stars. This intricate and amazing nebulae lies appx 1600 light years from Earth. Messier 78 is a reflection nebulae as it doesn't contain a lot of Ionised gas so it reflects the blue colour from those very young hot blue stars in its midst. A lot of Mystery shrouds this nebulae with plenty of unexplained Dark matter obscuring the light from reaching us. like most objects in space, there is more wonder and mystery far beyond our reach.


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Messier 78, 


            Ronny Kaplanian