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M78 Reflection Nebula in Orion
M78 Reflection Nebula in Orion

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M78 Reflection Nebula in Orion by John_Buonomo
The nebula Messier 78 (also known as M 78 or NGC 2068) 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 include 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.
Keywords: CGE-800, C8-CF, T-Ring-for-35mm-Canon-EOS-Camera, CGE-Computerized-Mount, UHC-LPR-Filter-2-in, Lens-Shade-C8, Cable-USB-to-RS-232-Converter, GPS-Accessory-Kit-CN16, NexRemote-Telescope-Control-Software, NexRemote-CD-Only, PowerTank-12v-Power-Supply, CGE-Computerized-Mount, C8-CF

Image Stats
Celestron Equipment CGE 800 (XLT) Computerized Telescope Computerized (11058-XLT), C8-CF (CGE) Optical Tube Assembly (91023), T-Ring for Canon EOS Camera (93419), CGE Computerized Mount Computerized Telescope (91524), UHC/LPR Filter - 2 in (94124), Lens Shade, C8 (except NexStar GPS) (94012), Cable, USB to RS-232 Converter (18775), GPS Accessory Kit CN16 (CGE) (93967), NexRemote Telescope Control Software (93710), NexRemote - CD Only (93702), PowerTank, 12v Power Supply (18774), CGE Computerized Mount Computerized Telescope (91524), C8-CF (CGE) Optical Tube Assembly (91023)
Additional Equipment
Camera Canon 350d Modified
Exposure Time 22x360sec
Software Nebulosity PHD Photoshop DSS N carboni tools
Date/Time Taken 11.10.2008 23:07
Location North Billerica MA
Upload Date: 11.14.2008 11:41
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Rating: 3.50 (2 Vote(s))
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