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Reflection Nebula M78: Close to the belt stars of the Orion constellation a bright reflection nebula can be found, which is listed already in the famous Messier catalogue. But there is more than just this nebula left of the center of the image. Part of the huge Orion molecular cloud, there is a fascinating landscape of dark nebula, bright stars and several reflection nebulae. This whole area again is a fertile star generating region, which continously breads new stars emerging from their dust clouds.

M78 is also designated NGC 2067 and the reflection nebula to the right is NGC 2071.

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The image was taken at the observatory of IAS at Hakos Farm in Namibia.

Object Reflection Nebula M78
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation M 078
Constellation Orion
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 5min each Baader LRGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code LRGB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 5 Dec 2010
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