Quote:I think I found M78 tonight. From sketches I looked at as well as charts I was in the exact spot. I was wondering if anyone has experience seeing this from a yellow-red zone. It looked very dim nebulosity around two dim stars. Which seems to be the description. Any verification would be helpful. Ken
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Quote:I think I found M78 tonight. From sketches I looked at as well as charts I was in the exact spot. I was wondering if anyone has experience seeing this from a yellow-red zone. It looked very dim nebulosity around two dim stars.
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Quote:Unlike some here, I find this to be a very lovely object. Certainly one of the nicest reflection nebulae in the sky. In general, reflection nebulae tend to be fainter than emission nebulae.
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Quote:I thought I saw something else in the eyepiece that night.
Quote:Quote:I thought I saw something else in the eyepiece that night.NGC 2071, 15' northwest of M78, isn't far behind it in brightness. Another fine reflection nebula.
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Quote:All in all thank you for verifying what I saw. I am pretty happy to get this one. I tried several other nights to no avail. Maybe inexperience.
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Quote:The more I look at the picture, I could only discern the two bright stars the night I viewed and what looked to be something around the area. That may be what I saw. Nice picture though. Amazing what detail you can get from 50 seconds. I can see how much more I can get with a higher magnification. Hopefully I will get clear skies on my club observing night this coming Saturday. I am curious what I will see in darker skies and now have a better idea what I am actually looking at. I usually bring out my Messier Object book to see if what I am see is close to the book.
One question. I have a Orion Narrowband filter. Will that help to see more detail in the area?
Thanks for the photo.
Quote:Thanks Carol. I was thrilled and tried several times before. I guess I had a good night. Even though my viewing wasn't ideal I still found a new Messier for me.
Quote:The first time I seen M78 with the head lights I thought I seen something really sweet.
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