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Observatory Parameters
Mar 22
Lat. 39.1, Lon. -77.6
Clouds: Seeing:
Waxing Crescent
10:32 00:00
M78 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 and is about 1,600 light years distant from Earth. M78 is easily found in small telescopes as a hazy patch and involves two stars. These two stars are responsible for making the cloud of dust in M78 visible by reflecting their light. About 45 variable young stars are still in the process of formation as well.
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NGC 2064, Astrophotography by Bruce_Feagle


  • Imaging telescope / lens: Orion Newtonian 200mm 8" Astrogr h
  • Imaging camera: ZWO Optical ASI1600MC (CMOS)
  • Mount: Equatorial Celestron CGEM
  • Guiding telescope / lens: Orion Spotting scope Guiding
  • Guiding camera: Orion Guider
  • Accessories: Field flattener Baader Planetarium
  • Processed with: Sequence Generator Pro
    PHD Guiding (Stark Labs)
    PixInsight (Pleiades Astrophoto)

Frames / Subs

  • Lights (filter Light pollution): 52 x 300 sec
  • Total integration time: 4:20 hours


  • Date: Fri Feb 9th 2018
  • Camera sensor temperature: -20.0 ºC

Spatial Info

  • Image Size: 3,520 x 3,654 pixels
  • Image Scale: 0.975 arcsec / pixel
  • Visual Field: 0º 59' 21''
  • RA Center: 5h 46m 46s
  • DEC Center: 0º 08' 26''
  • Orientation: 178.852 degrees E of N

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