NGC 2071 is the upper nebula in the picture. (Click here for a large color view) The newly discovered McNeil's Nebula is the small nebula near the bottom. See below for a negative image with the various nebulae identified.
This a 20 minute exposure with a Starlight Xpress MX-716 CCD camera thru Kopernik's 80mm Brandon refractor. The field of view is about a square degree with North at the top.
McNeil's Nebula, a newly appearing Reflection Nebula:
The small object near the bottom left corner of the Kopernik image is a newly appearing reflection nebula in the constellation of Orion. For more information see our McNeil's Nebula page.
NGC 2071, NGC 2064, NGC 2067, M-78, Reflection Nebulae:
Reflection Nebula NGC 2064 is just south of reflection nebula M-78. These two, plus NGC 2067 are a part of the same object. They are separated by a wide lane of dark matter that is a part of dark nebula Lynds 1630. To the North lies another bright Reflection Nebula NGC 2071 with dark patchs. It is a part of the same cloud of gas and dust that covers much of the Constellation of Orion.
Lynds 1630, a Dark Nebula:
A small portion of this large dark nebula (aka Barnard 33) winds through the Kopernik image above. In this area near M-78 there a patch covering about a half-degree where the sky is heavily obscured by absorbing molecular cloud through which scarcely a star shows.
Classification: Reflection Nebula
Dreyer description: "Double star (10 & 14th magnitude) with very faint, large nebula."
Classification: A faint optical counterpart to IRAS 05436-0007 that has gone into outburst and has produced a reflection nebulosity.
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George Normandin, KAS
April 12th, 2004