Nebulae around M 78 in the constellation Orion (the Hunter)

The blue reflection nebula M 78 near the center is located in a colorful nebula landscape in the constellation Orion. It is embedded in the large molecular cloud B 33 and is framed to the east by "Barnards Loop", the large red emission nebula in the left half of the image. In the lower right are 2 of Orion's 3 belt stars with the bright flame nebula NGC 2024.

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Optics: Canon EF 200 mm f/2.8L USM at f/4
Focal Length: 200 mm
Camera: Fuji X-M1
Exposure: 27 x 300 s
Location: Chamaeleon Observatory, Onjala Lodge, Namibia
Processing: DeepSkyStacker, Nebulosity, Photoshop
Diameter:4 light years (M 78)
Distance:1.600 light years (M 78)
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