Messier 78
Photographed by Scott Davis on March 1, 2013
From Ahwahnee Hills Observatory
An often-overlooked reflection nebula in the constellation Orion, M78 (NGC2068) is quite beautiful. Two bright stars, HD 38563A and HD 38563B, are responsible for the light reflecting in the main nebula.
Imaging Camera:
Canon EOS 60D
Imaging Scope/Lens:
Orion Astrograph 8" f/3.9 Newtonian
Celestron CGEM
Guide Scope/Camera:
Orion Shorttube 80mm w/ Starshoot Autoguider
Exposure Details:
This image is made up of a stack of 32 light-data exposures of 260 seconds each at ISO 1600. 10 dark frames were used as well. Post processing was done using Adobe Photoshop and assisted with GradientXTerminator (RC Astro), Hasta La Vista Green (DeepSkyColors), StarSpikes Pro 2 (ProDigital Software), and Noise Ninja (PictureCode).

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