M78 - Reflection Nebula in Orion

M78 is a diffuse reflection nebula that is illuminated by young, giant stars embedded within it. It is part It lays approximately 1600 light years away and is part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex.
Telescope: Orion 10 in. f/4.7 Newtonian w/ Baader coma corrector
Camera: Modified Canon 550D
Mount: Losmandy G11 w/Gemini; guided with Orion SSAG on 50 mm. Lumicon finder scope.
Exposures: 25 @ 4 min. ; Raw capture; ISO 1600

Images were focused using Live View and converted Canon Digital Photo Professional. Subframes were aligned and combined using ImagesPlus. The final image was adjusted in Photoshop CS2. Noise was reduced using Topaz.

Taken on 12/25/11 at my backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota. Temp 15 F Humidity 70%.

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