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M78, NGC 2068, a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. Also included in this image is NGC 2067 at the upper right.
Distance: 1,600 light years.
Camera: SBIG ST-10XME
Telescope: Astrophysics Starfire 140 EDT F7.5
Mount: Astro-Physics Mach1 GTO with Advanced Telescope Systems portable pier
Images: RGB only for a total exposure time of 25 hours and 15 minutes.
Date: January 2011
Software: Camera and guider control - CCDCommander & MaximDL; calibration and stacking - CDs, further processing in Photoshop CS4.