The M78 Nebula or NGC2068 is a reflection nebula that can be found in the Orion constellation.

In this image we can see part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. Emission, reflection and dark nebulae are present in this wide field. The Orion Cloud lays around 1,500 light years away from us. The most popular object in this region is M42, also called the Orion Nebula, one of the brightest deep sky objects.

17 Herbig-Haro objects can be found in the M78 structure. These are patches of nebulosity associated with newly born stars.

The image shown above is the composition of LRGB broad band filters together with the Hα narrow band filter that has helped to highlight Barnard’s Loop.

Image Details

L: 45×300″

RGB: 15×300″ each channel

Hα: 12×600″


50 darks, 50 bias

All images taken at 0Gain Bin1 -25ºC


Total exposure: 8h


FSQ85ED telescope

Mesu200 mount

ASI 1600MM Pro camera with ZWO EFW 8 pos

Guiding with ASI174MC and ZWO OAG

Baader filters



Aleix Roig – Prades, Tarragona (Catalonia, Spain). January 2018.

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