(IAAC) Obj: M 78, NGC 2071 - Inst: 120mm f/8.3 refractor

Observation Poster: Diego Gonzalez <digonzalz@gmail.com>
Observer: Diego Gonzalez
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 6/01/2005 23:50 UT
Location of site: Asturias, Spain (Lat 43 N, Elev 300m)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6.1 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 120mm f/8.3 refractor
Magnification: 31x, 50x, 80x
Filter(s): None
Object(s): M 78, NGC 2071
Category: Reflection nebula.
Constellation: Ori
Data: mag 9.3  size 6' x 4'
Position: RA 5:47  DEC +0:03
I found easily M 78 star-hopping from Alnitak. It's easy to see with all 
powers but 80x gives the best view. The rather bright nebula surrounds two 
small 10th magnitude stars. The nebula has roundish shape but elongated 
towards south-east, with a sharp northern limit and a fuzzy south part.  
15' north from M 78 is located another nebula, NGC 2071, very faint and barely 
seen around a mag. 9 star; at the limits this telescope.  
A very interesting pair of nebulae.
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