|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.
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