Small Mist Above the Horse Head

Short description:

Object Name M78 in Orion
Object Type Reflection nebula
Location Budy Dłutowskie – small village in central Poland
Date 04.01.2011
Media graphite pencil, white paper, color invert
Telescope Meade SCT 8” f/10 with 40mm Willam Optics SWAN
Seeing 3/5
Transparency 3/5
NELM 4,5 mag

When we think or talk about Orion constelation, we usually mention M42, Horsehead nebula or Flame nebula.
And we forgot about small mist above horsehead – M78.

You can observe it in 15×70 bino (maybe in 10×50 too but I haven’t tried) – it looks like small fog around two small central stars.
In 8” telescope you can observe the “bell” shape of this nebula which is little brighter on the edge.
Soon I will look at it through the 13” Newtonian and I expect quite impressive view.

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