NGC 1788

NGC 1788

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The constellation Orion hosts some of the most famous and often imaged regions in the sky with M42, the Great Orion Nebula, and the Horse Head Nebula as two of its most illustrious examples. With Orion well placed in the early evening sky this time of year, I decided to try imaging a less known reflection nebula by the name NGC 1788 found a few degrees west of the Horse Head. The nebula is rather faint at magnitude 30 and even a total of 8.3 hours exposure coaxed a little more than a hint of is features with two Mars hued red suns embedded near its dark lane core.

Coordinates       :

Orion 05h 07’ -03deg 20’

Date Imaged       :

December 31, 2007 – January 5, 2008

Lens       :

Astrophysics 5? f8 Starfire

Camera       :

Atik 16HR, Astronomik filters

Exposure       :

LRGB = 200:95:90:115 minutes

Mount       :

Losmandy Titan

Location       :

Stardust Observatory, Baguio, Philippines