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Reflecting nebula M78

Reflecting nebula M78 is in the constellation Orion (Ori).


Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra 05h 46.7m, Dec +00° 03'

Visual magnitude: 8,0m
Distance to galaktyki M78 to the Sun is 1600 light years
Angular size: 8'x6'

Discoverer: Pierre François André Méchain, 03.1780 year.

The designation M78 in other catalogs: NGC 2068

Optimum magnification for a telescope with observations of M78, depending on the aperture of the telescope (D), is about D/4-D/3. Higher magnifications of course add details, but lead to a strong drop in the brightness of the image, making it difficult to observe.
The best month for observing M78 is January.

Nikolay Kurdyapin,  
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