(IAAC) Obj: M78 - Inst: 10x50 binoculars

Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1997-12-16/17, 8:20 UT
Location: Whidbey Island, WA, USA (48N)
Site classification: rural
Limiting magnitude: 7.2
Seeing: 2 - good
Moon up: no
Instrument: 10x50 Tasco binoculars
Magnification: 10x
Filters used: None
Object: M78
Category: Emission nebula
Constellation: Ori
Data: mag 8.0  size 8'x6'
RA/DE: 5h46m  +0o03'
Easily found from Alnitak, in the belt of Orion.
Visible as a brightish blur, elongated NE to SW,
with perhaps a subtle indication of the "bend" in
its two areas of brighter nebulosity.
Karen Simmons & Lew Gramer dedalus@alum.mit.edu http://www.tiac.net/users/lewkaren