Object: Constellation: Coordinates: Size: Brightness:
Messier 78
(NGC 2068)
Orion 05h47m / +00°01' 8' x 6' 8.3mag

The reflection nebula Messier 78 (NGC 2068) in the constellation Orion on January 13 / 14, 2018. Messier 78 is approximately 1600 light-years from Earth. It is the brightest diffuse reflection nebula of a group of nebulae that includes NGC 2064, NGC 2067 and NGC 2071. This group belongs to the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. Messier 78 was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780 (source: Wikipedia).

Twenty exposures of 3 minutes at ISO 800 were stacked with no dark frame subtraction with Deep Sky Stacker (resulting in a 1 h exposure) and further processed in Photoshop.
Equipment: Canon EOS 450D Baader modified camera, TeleVue Paracorr Type II coma corrector, 16" f/4.5 "Ninja" dobsonian telescope riding on a dual-axis Tom Osypowski equatorial platform, Lacerta MGEN autoguider, Lacerta off axis system (field of view comparison: image of the moon with the same equipment).

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