Posted by BruceW
on Monday, December 9, 2013

M78 and NGC 2071 (lower right) are two reflection nebulae in Orion, very well known to visual observers. They are located on the edge of a huge cloud of molecular hydrogen that is largely dark in the visual spectrum. But professional infra-red studies show these areas of dust and gas host numerous newly formed star systems. These images were taken on 10/8 and 11/1-11/3/2013 from a dark sky site near Anza, CA. I used a 12.5" PlaneWave CDK telescope and a QSI-640ws camera at f/5.2. The total integration time was about 7 hours using LRGB filters.

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