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Reflecting nebula M78

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


Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra (α):05h46.7m, Dec (δ):+00° 03'

Visual magnitude: 8,0m
Distance from galaksije 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. At this time, the object is at midnight near its highest point in the sky, that is, it is less affected by light from the lanterns and atmospheric distortions.

Мessier 77
Мessier 79

Nikolay Kurdyapin, astro-map.com  

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