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At The Eyepiece Object of the Night - Messier 78

6 Jan 2020, 13:44 UTC
At The Eyepiece Object of the Night - Messier 78
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At The Eyepiece Object of the Night for January 4th 2020 is Messier 78.M 78 - NGC 2068 - VdB 59 - Ced 55uType: reflection nebula (I, VBR)Magnitude: 8.30 (reduced to 8.47 by 1.19 Airmasses)RA/Dec (J2000.0): 5h46m46.76s/+0°00'50.4"IAU Constellation: OriSize: +0°08'00.01" x +0°06'00.01"Distance: 0.490 kpc (1598.4 ly)(information from Stellarium 18.3)Stellarium refers to this as the Casper the Friendly Ghost Nebula. I have never heard that one before in all my years, but whatever you do or don't see (I don't see Casper there, do you?) it's certainly is a pretty little reflection nebula and one to check out yourself.Specs of our capture above:Telescope - Explore Scientific 8" f3.9 Newtonian with a Baader MPCCCamera - ZWO ASI294mc ProCapture Software - SharpcapFilter - Baader Moonglow/SkyFilterExposures - 60 x 60 secondsOur view above was a live shot (no post-processing) via Sharcap, our main software currently for EAO (Electronically Assisted Observing). To find this great object yourself, simply view the finder chart below.

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