M78 - the "other" Orion nebula

M78 is an interesting reflection nebula found north of Orion's belt.   For Messier hunters, it is often considered the "other" nebula in Orion.  Its minute size makes it dimunitive compared to the great nebula but it is still is considered a prime target for astrophotographers.


Visually, the object has a comet-like appearance with two stars near one edge of the nebula. This photograph was taken using a modified Canon T3i set at ISO 800 and a six-inch F-5 reflector.  The resultant image is a stack of four five-minute exposures:


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