M 78  -  wide field

70%  resolution (6.7MB)

Object identification (6.7MB)

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: 2021-12-07
Location: Nussbach / Austria (400m)
Telescope: Vixen FL55SS with flattener and reducer (f=237mm)
Camera: Nikon Z6 (ISO 800)
Mount: ASA DDM85
Exposure time: 18x3min
Exposure time total: 54min