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Classification: Reflection Nebula M78 / NGC2067/8 / NGC2071
Constellation: Orion (ORI)
Object Location: Ra 05h 47m 34s Dec +00° 04’17° (current)
Size & Distance: 8.0 x 8.0 Apx 1600 light years.

Date & Location: 10-25-2008 Palomar Mountain, CA.
Exposure: LRGB= 5 ea. @ 10 min. (bin 1x1)
Optics: Telescope Engineering Company APO140ED @ f/7 F/L 940mm.
Mount: Astro-Physics 900 GTO / ATS 10x36 pier.
Camera: SBIG-ST10XME @ -15c / Internal guiding
Filters: Astrodon G2 LRGB
Software: MaxImDL 4.56, Photoshop CS

Notes: Sky conditions: Above average seeing, calm wind, Temp 60°
Image Field of view is 35 x 52 arcmin.

The nebula  M 78 or NGC 2068, is a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780 and included by Charles Messier in his catalog of comet-like objects that same year.

M78 is the brightest diffuse reflection nebula of a group of nebulae that include NGC 2064, NGC 2067 and NGC 2071. This group belongs to the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex and is about 1,600 light years distant. M78 is easily found in small telescopes as a hazy patch and involves two stars of 10th magnitude. These two stars, HD 38563A and HD 38563B, are responsible for making the cloud of dust in M78 visible by reflecting their light.