The nebula Messier 78 (also known as M 78 or NGC 2068) is a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion.
M78 is the brightest diffuse reflection nebula of a group of nebulae that include NGC 2064, NGC 2067 and NGC 2071.
This group belongs to the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex and is about 1,600 light years distant from Earth.
M78 is easily found in small telescopes as a hazy patch and involves two stars of 10th magnitude. These two stars, HD 38563A and HD 38563B, are responsible for making the cloud of dust in M78 visible by reflecting their light.
About 45 variable stars of the T Tauri type, young stars still in the process of formation as well as some 17 Herbig-Haro objects are known in M78.(WIKI)
Imaged with Boren-Simon 10" F/2.8 POWERNEWT Astrograph.
SBIG ST8300M camera with FW5 filterwheel and BAADER LRGB filters.
L = 77 minutes
RGB = 6 minutes each (BIN 2x2)
total of 95 minutes.
Imaged from the NEGEV desert in ISRAEL