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The Details
Object
M78 in Orion
Optics
Astro-Physics 12" Mak-Cass f/8
Platform
Astro-Physics 1600 Mount with absolute encoders
Camera
FLI 16803 Proline CCD
Filters
Tru-Balance LRGB Gen 2 filter set
Date
Vaarious dates during November 2014
Location
Las Campanas Observatory, Chile
Exposure
L 28 x 1200 sec 1x1 bin, RGB 12 ea x 900 sec 1x1 bin
Software
ACP, Maxim DL/CCD, CCDStack 2, Photoshop CS5
Orientation
Field of View: 52 ’ x 52 centered on RA 05h46m46s
DEC +00 °04’28” (2000.0) . North angle 269.7 °; east 90° CCW from north
Notes
The hauntingly beautiful reflection nebula M 78 in Orion is a complex mass of interstellar dust which shines in the scattered light of nearby early-B stars, providing this 3-D portal view in space. A number of catalog objects are visible in the above image. To the lower left is NGC 2071, the small "sister" to M78. M78, aka NGC 2068 is the large, bright nebula in the center. Above it and slightly to the left is the more obscure NGC 2067. Finally, in the upper right of the frame is tiny NGC 2064. Discovered by Pierre Mechain in 1780, this object lies about 1600 light years from Earth and spans nearly 4 light years across.

This image is a collaborative effort between Howard Hedlund of Astro-Physics, Inc. and Dave Jurasevich, with a total exposure time of 18 hours 20 minutes.

 

 

 

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