M78 and the Monkey’s Head

Barnard’s Loop, Open Cluster NGC 2112, Reflection Nebula M78, Reflection Nebula NGC 2071, 62x120s (2h 4min), Astro-Professional 80mm f/7, 0,8x Astro-Prof. Red., Nikon D7000a, Optolong L-Pro Filter

Even after more than two hours of exposure the image of the reflection nebula M78 and it’s surroundings is quite grainy. This object needs much more exposure. When pushing the raw files to bring out the faint nebulosity the background becomes a bit streaky, therefore I kept the image quite dark.

NGC 2175 – Monkey Head nebula, Orion, 15x120s (30min) Astro-Professional 80mm f/7, 0,8x Astro-Prof. Red., Nikon D7000a

The so called Monkey’s head nebula in Orion is surprisingly bright and easy to photograph with a h-alpha sensitive camera like my D7000a.