Nebulous Region in Orion, M78

A magnificent region in Orion containing a wealth of intricate emission, reflection and dark nebulosity against a star-studded field.  Upper left is a section of Barnard's Loop.  Distance is estimated at 1600ly.

 

Camera: SBIG STL11000M, Astrodon filters Scope: Takahashi TOA-130, f=720mm, f5.6 (fov ~2.7 x 1.8)
Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 Guiding: external, E-finder
Filters/Exposures: L:R:G:B = 90:55:55:55min4h15m Location: Heathcote, Victoria, Australia
Date: February 2011 Processing: CCDStack2, RegiStar and Photoshop CS5 (reprocessed Sept 2012)