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This is 100 minutes of luminance data of the M78 reflection nebula. Taken from iTelescope New Mexico observatory. Messier 78 is a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780 and included by Charles Messier in his catalog of comet-like objects that same year. For those wondering about the bright patch in the lower left corner, it’s a hint of the Flame Nebula which is near the infamous Horse Head Nebula.
- Takahashi FSQ-ED 106mm APO refractor, F5
- SBIG STL11000M CCD
- Luminance filter
- Mount: Paramount GT-1100S
- 100 minutes / 10min subs
- Pixinsight 1.8 calibration, processing
- Seeing and transparency excellent
- Imaging location: New Mexico, USA
My story began more than 40 years ago looking up at the Moon with a small collapsible telescope my Father had. Encouraged by my parents, who bought me my very own telescope, a 4.5″ reflector, I began to explore the night sky from my family home backyard. Today I do astrophotography from my home in Kitchener, Ontario and also with remote telescopes located in New Mexico and Australia. Some of my images have won awards and have been featured online and in magazines.
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