Visitors 1225


2 of 80 photos
Thumbnails
Info
Photo Info

Dimensions3326 x 2504
Original file size6.23 MB
Image typeJPEG
M78 in Orion

M78 in Orion

APM/TMB 130/780
Field Flattener
QSI 583WSG
Astrodon Gen 2 LRGB
L: 17x10min (1x1)
RGB: 8x5min each (2x2)
Imager Temp -20C
Full Frame

Link to Larger JPEG

Anacortes Telescope and Wild Bird Picture of the Day November 20, 2010

M78 (NGC 2068) is the brightest diffuse reflection nebula of a group of nebulae that include NGC 2064, NGC 2067 and NGC 2071 (upper portion of this shot) - in fact, it is the brightest reflection nebula in the entire sky. This group belongs to the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex and is about 1,600 light years distant from Earth.

About 45 variable stars of the T Tauri type, young stars still in the process of formation as well as some 17 Herbig-Haro objects are known in M78.

November 7 and 8, 2010