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Image of the day 08/23/2021

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    M78 Mosaic, 



    
        

            Adam Block
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    Image of the day 08/23/2021

    Getting plate-solving status, please wait...
      M78 Mosaic, 



    
        

            Adam Block
      Powered byPixInsight

      Equipment

      Imaging Cameras
      Apogee Alta F9000
      Mounts
      ASA Alt-Az Direct Drive Mount
      Filters
      Broadband RGB AstroDon Gen II
      Software
      PIXINSIGHT Pleiades
      Guiding Telescopes Or Lenses
      Planewave 24" Telescope Live CH1

      Acquisition details

      Dates:
      Jan. 5, 2021
      Frames:
      108x600" (18h)
      Integration:
      18h
      Avg. Moon age:
      21.18 days
      Avg. Moon phase:
      60.21%

      RA center: 05h46m36s.712

      DEC center: +00°0308.34

      Pixel scale: 0.886 arcsec/pixel

      Orientation: 0.944 degrees

      Field radius: 0.526 degrees

      WCS transformation: thin plate spline

      More info:Open 

      Resolution: 2101x3732

      Locations: Telescope LIve, Río Hurtado, Coquimbo Region, Chile

      Data source: Amateur hosting facility

      Description

      (Hi, I would enjoy continuing to post to AB, it has my initials after all.     Please become a follower and support my efforts- thanks.)

      As a child with my Astroscan (a small reflector telescope) I recall seeing M78 visually from my driveway in Georgia. Two mysterious gray fuzzy stars near the belt stars of Orion...

      Today I am able to capture pictures like this which surpass the ability of my young eyes (or *any* eyes). Yet the mysteries are in no way diminished... This is a two-frame mosaic in regular red/green/blue colors. Be certain to click on the largest view at the page linked above. Herbig-Haro jets abound, McNeil's nebula is absent, and many other features scintillate. In particular the jet and structure of Herbig-Haro 24 (in the middle of the lower dark cloud) is amazing. I hope this adds a little interest to the middle of your week.

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      M78 Mosaic, 



    
        

            Adam Block