The M78 Nebulosity Complex

Reflection Nebula in Orion

Uploaded 1/17/05

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 There are few reflection nebulosities in the sky as bright and exciting as M78. This 8th magnitude object is 7x8 arcminutes in size, and lies in a region of space with a very high dust and gas content. The blue portion in the middle of this image is caused by the reflection of the light of the two bright stars in its interior - known as "The Eyes". Around its periphery, dust that is not illuminated that is in front of the blue parts causes a more brownish or reddish coloration. To the upper right of M78 separated by the dark bay is NGC2067 also known by its shape as the "Hand Saw Nebula". Down below it a small bright patch is NGC2064, and below it the small nebula is the newly formed "McNeil's Nebula".
Instrument: 12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian Platform: Astrophysics 1200 QMD CCD Camera: SBIG ST8i NABG with Enhanced Cooling Guider: SBIG ST4 Exposure: LRGB = 90:20:20:40 (RGB Binned 2x2) RGB Combine Ratio: 1: .8: 1.2 Filters: RGB Tricolor Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing FWHM = 4.5 arcsec (Maxim DL - 10min subframe), Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 5 C CCD Temperature: -20 C Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop, PixInsight HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS


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