Described as a “dusty curtain” or “ghostly apparition”, mysterious reflection nebula VdB 152 really is very faint. Far from your neighborhood on this Halloween Night, the cosmic phantom is nearly 1,400 light-years away. Also catalogued as Ced 201, it lies along the northern Milky Way in the royal constellation Cepheus. Near the edge of a large molecular cloud, pockets of interstellar dust in the region block light from background stars or scatter light from the embedded bright star giving parts of the nebula a characteristic blue color.
Imaging telescopes or lenses: Planewave Instruments Planewave 12.5″ CDK
Imaging cameras: QSI 583wgs 8 filter wheel
Mounts: Software Bisque Paramount ME
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Planewave Instruments Planewave 12.5″ CDK
Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar
Software: Adobe Paint Shop cs6, Pleiades Astrophoto, S.L. PixInsight 1.8
Filters: Astrodon LRGB
Dates: Aug. 8, 2013
Integration: 37.3 hours
Autor: Julian Hancock
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19 February 2014
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