Casper the Friendly Ghost Nebula: Messier 78

Casper the Friendly Ghost Nebula, Messier 78. Photographed December 7, 2020
Casper the Friendly Ghost Nebula, Messier 78. Photographed December 7, 2020. Click for full image.

My first attempt at astrophotography with the “Casper the Friendly Ghost Nebula” turned out mediocre. Lots of noise in this image, and I’m missing the fine detail that I was hoping to get out of the companion nebula NGC 2071.

The target is beautiful regardless of the quality of the image. With dust obscuring the light reflecting from it’s core of super hot & bright stars.

Astrophotography Capture & Processing Details

Various nebula identified from amateur astrophotography photo of Messier 78
Locations of various nebula around Messier 78

Frames: 10×180″ (gain: 240.00)
Integration: 0.5 hours
Darks: ~20
Flats: ~20
Bias: ~20
Avg. Moon age: 10.24 days
Avg. Moon phase: 78.59%

Astrometry.net job: 3110167
RA center: 5h 46′ 45″
DEC center: +0° 4′ 30″
Pixel scale: 1.221 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 36.004 degrees
Field radius: 0.410 degrees

Full capture details on Astrobin.

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