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M78 is just east and a bit north of Orion's belt and is an often overlooked reflection nebula since it has to complete with its brighter neighbors further south.  Nevertheless it's a beautiful region of reflection and dark nebulae.


Date:  12/2012

Location:  4Domes Observatory

Telescope:  TMB130SS @ f/5.25

Mount:  AP-1200

Camera:  SBIG STL-6303E

Acquisition and Guiding:  CCD Autopilot controlling Maxim DL

LRGB Combine Exposures:

Luminance - 20 x 600, Bin 1x1, 3.3 hr

Red - 22x600 Seconds, Bin 1x1

Green - 22x600 Seconds, Bin 1x1

Blue - 28x600 Seconds, Bin 1x1

Ha - 14x1200 Seconds, Bin 1x1, 4.6 hr

Post Processing:

CCD Stack:  Calibration, align and combine

Images Plus: Digital development

Photoshop CS4:  Luminance, color combine, levels, curves, LAB color adjustment, sharpening

Neat Image: Noise reduction.

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