The 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. The two stars, HD 38563A and HD 38563B, are responsible for making the cloud of dust in M78 visible by reflecting their light.
Equipment: Exposure details: Location:
Telescope: TEC180FL
Mount: Paramount Me
Camera: Apogee U8300
Filters: Astrodon LRGB
Luminance: 9x10min
Red: 7x10min
Green: 7x10min
Blue: 7x10min
Rachia, Veroia, Greece
N 40o29'00.0" - E 22o12'55.0"
17 November 2009
Image details:
Acquisition: MaxImDL Reduction/stacking: CCDStack RGB weights: G2V Star
RGB combine: CCDStack LRGB creation: Photoshop CS3
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