NGC 1788

NGC 1788

NGC 1788 is a unusual reflection nebula surrounded by a red ring of hydrogen gas. The stars inside this nebulosity are extremely young at about 1 million years old. The dark nebula to the left is known as Lynds 1616 and seems to be part of the same complex. This field is only a small part of a huge complex close to the bright belt stars of Orion. NGC 1788 is about 1300 light years distant.

F.O.V.    25 x 25 min of arc.

Telescope.   16 Inch F 4.5 Newtonian.

Camera.    S Big ST 4000 XCM OSC CCD.

Exposure and Date.   23 x 900 sec.  Dec 2017.

Location.   (Wiruna)  Ilford  N.S.W.