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Contains:  Cocoon nebula, IC 5146
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Cocoon Nebula - IC 5146

Technical card

Resolution: 3204x2410

Dates:June 18, 2017June 19, 2017

Hutec IDAS LPS-D1: 33x300" -20C bin 1x1
Baader B 1.25'' CCD Filter: 12x300" -20C bin 1x1
Baader G 1.25'' CCD Filter: 11x300" -20C bin 1x1
Baader R 1.25'' CCD Filter: 13x300" -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 5.8 hours

Darks: ~35

Flats: ~31

Bias: ~100

Avg. Moon age: 23.73 days

Avg. Moon phase: 33.60% job: 1620086

RA center: 328.375 degrees

DEC center: 47.260 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.211 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 179.953 degrees

Field radius: 0.674 degrees

Locations: Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Bayern, Germany


This picture was taken in my backyard in Nürnberg.
I'm really happy with the result and the details.
Maybe you like it too ;-)

C 5146 (also Caldwell 19, Sh 2-125, and the Cocoon Nebula) is a reflection/emission nebula and Caldwell object in the constellation Cygnus. The NGC description refers to IC 5146 as a cluster of 9.5 mag stars involved in a bright and dark nebula. The cluster is also known as Collinder 470. It shines at magnitude +10.0/+9.3/+7.2. Its celestial coordinates are RA 21h 53.5m, dec+47° 16′. It is located near the naked-eye star Pi Cygni, the open cluster NGC 7209 in Lacerta, and the bright open cluster M39. The cluster is about 4,000 ly away, and the central star that lights it formed about 100,000 years ago; the nebula is about 12 arcmins across, which is equivalent to a span of 15 light years.

When viewing IC 5146, dark nebula Barnard 168 (B168) is an inseparable part of the experience, forming a dark lane that surrounds the cluster and projects westward forming the appearance of a trail behind the Cocoon.



Thomas Richter
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Cocoon Nebula - IC 5146, 


            Thomas Richter