Messier Objects

M78: Reflection Nebula (Orion) RA: 05h 46.8m / DEC: +00° 03'.5
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

M78 is located 2 degrees north and 1.4 degrees east of 1.7 magnitude Alnitak. Alnitak, Zeta Orionis, is the easternmost star in Orion's belt. The nebula appears fan-shaped, 7'x6', at 129X in the 10-inch Starfinder equatorial. M78 features a pair of 10th magnitude stars in the northwest corner. An 8th magnitude GSC star lies immediately to the north. When conditions allow, nebulosity is visible around these neighboring stars.

M77 M79


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