M78

Observed:  Points: 10

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as of 10/22/2021 10:03 p.m.

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General Info

TypeDiffuse Nebula
ConstellationOrion
Right ascension5h46'45.800''
Declination+0°3'45''
Magnitude8.300
Distance1,600ly
Size8 arc min
Catalog Designations NGC2068, M78
Discovered 1780 Pierre Mechain

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M78

Celestron 127eq
10 points

After showing off the Orion and Marion nebulas in Orion, I decided to take a look at M78. No nebulosity was visible to me, but the cluster of stars within it were very pretty.

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