Messier 78 (M 78)

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On this page I collect my observations of the galactic recflection nebula M 78 in the Orion constellation.



M 78 in the constellation Orion is the brightest galactic reflection nebula in the sky and said to be an easy catch for small telescopes. As my experiences, however, show the catch is not at all that easy under the observation conditions in Mühlhausen / Kraichgau...

Size: 5' x 4' (Stoyan)
Distance: 1,200 light years (Stoyan)
Rating: * (Stoyan)



M 42 and M 43 Orion's sword; M 78 (top left) is located between Alnitak and Betelgeuse



The sketch by Michael Vlasov ( provides a rough impression of what I should have - and may have - observed:

Sketch of the M78 Nebula by Michael Vlasov (Copyright © Michael Vlasov 2016) - presented with the author's permission


My Own Observations

Observations February/March 2017

Observations End of March 2017



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