This is a reflection nebula in the constellation of Orion. It is surround by dust and the dark nebula, Lynds 1616. This is a 8.5 hour exposure taken December 26 and 28, 29, 2011 under fair skies and high humidity. This object will need more exposures to reveal more detail, and some additional hydrogen alpha exposures to bring out the small traces of the embedded emission nebula. Click on the image for a closeup view.

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