Location of Photo:
Chino Valley, AZ
Date/Time of photo:
Telescope or Lens Use: Takahashi FSQ-106ED Mount: Losmandy G11 Aperture: 4.0" Focal Ratio: F/5 Camera: SBIG STF-8300 Filters: Baader LRGB Exposure Time (s) Lum 560 min. (80 x 7 min.) Red 210 min. (30 x 7 min.) Green 245 min. (35 x 7 min.) Blue 78 min. (54 x 7 min.)
M78 (NGC 2068) is the brightest reflection nebula of a group that also includes NGC 2064, NGC 2067 and NGC 2071. The group is located in the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex that is about 1,600 light years from Earth. M78 was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780 and catalogued by Charles Messier in the same year.