M 78 Nebula area


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About this Image

M 78 grouped with NGC 2071 are in the shadow of the famous M42 Nebula in Orion, yet they are very complex and colorful reflection nebulae with embedded star forming regions in brown-red color (Herbig Haro objects).
One year ago a new small nebula was discovered by the amateur James Mc Neil and named after him. It is situated to the right of M 78.
To the left bottom corner there is a part of Barnard's loop visible as a red glow; North is to the left.

Below you see a crop on M 78 (right) and NGC 2071 (left) in 35/70% size.


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Technical Details


16" Cassegrain in prime focus at f/3

Mount MK-100 GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M at -30C, internal filter wheel
Filters Astronomik 2" LRGB + H-alpha
Date Jan 30, 2005.
Location Wildon/Austria
Sky Conditions mag 5, temperature -3C
Exposure L:R:G:B = 65:15:15:20 minutes (5-minute sub-exposures).
Ha = 30 min (10-minute sub-exposures)
Processing Image aquisition and calibration in Maxim DL, DDP in ImagesPlus; color balance, curves in Photoshop; Noise reduction by Neatimage;