M 78  -  wide field

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Object identification (4.0MB)

Object data of M78

Object type: Reflection nebula
Size: 8'
Magnitude: 8.0 mag
Constellation: Ori
Distance: 1,600 Ly
Notes: Messier 78 is a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. It is the brightest diffuse reflection nebula of a group of nebulae that includes NGC 2064, NGC 2067 and NGC 2071. This group belongs to the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, which is about 1,600 light-years distant from Earth.

The above wide-field image shows M 78 near the centre and the famous Horsehead Nebula to the south-west of M 78. To the east of M78 the huge, but faint emission nebula Barnard's Loop is visble.

Exposure data

Date: 2017-11-18
Location: ATHOS Centro Astronomico / La Palma (900m)
Telescope: Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L @ f/3.5 + mechanical stopper
Camera: EOS6D (ISO1600)
Mount: Astrotrac TT320X
Exposure time: 105x2min
Exposure time total: 3h30min
Notes: Image acquisition by CEDIC team (Bernhard Hubl, Christoph Kaltseis, Markus Blauensteiner)

Image processing by Bernhard Hubl