M78
Reflection nebula in Orion


This nebula, also known as NGC2068, is the brightest reflection nebula in the sky and is located in Orion. It was discovered by Pierre Mechain and included by Messier in its catalog by 1780. It is included in a group of nebulas with NGC2064, NGC2067 y NGC 2071.
It is a cloud of interestellar dust that shines reflecting the light of young blue stars, mainly two of them of magnitude 10.It can be easily located near Alnitak the star in the Orion belt.

Distance from Earth:
1.600 light years.
Aparent visual magnitude:  
8,3





Full resolution image

Fecha y lugar dic-2016. Caraquiz, Madrid
Telescopio ASA N10, f=906mm  sobre montura ASA DDM85. Sin autoguía
Cámara FLI ML16803. Filtros  IDAS LPS,  y RGB Baader 
Proceso de imagen L: 370x300s,  RGB: 135x300s. Proceso con Pixinsight


Date and location
dec-2006. Caraquiz, Madrid
Telescope ASA N10, f=906mm  on top of ASA DDM85 mount. No autoguide
Camera FLI ML16803.  IDAS LPS and  RGB Baader filters
Image processing
L: 370x300s,  RGB: 135x300s. Process with Pixinsight



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