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 in 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.


Object Reflection Nebula M78
Category Nebulae
Designation M 078
Constellation Orion
Optics TMB 130 f/6 with Field Flattener
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera QHY8/ALccd 6c
Exposure 28 x 10min IDAS LPS filter. Maxim DL for image acquisition.
Calibration Dark and Flatfield
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and Skywatcher ED80 as guide scope. Maxim DL as Guiding Software.
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 26+27 Dec 2008
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