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VdB 132 Reflection Nebula, 


            Jerry Macon
VdB 132 Reflection Nebula

VdB 132 Reflection Nebula

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Telescope-Service Ritchey-Chrétien 12"

Imaging camera:QHYCCD QHY10 Color

Mount:Losmandy Titan

Guiding telescope or lens:Orion Short Tube 80

Focal reducer:Astro-Physics .8 Focal Reducer

Software:PixInsight 1.8PHD Guiding 2

Resolution: 3424x2330

Dates:Oct. 7, 2016

Frames: 45x480"

Integration: 6.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 5.83 days

Avg. Moon phase: 33.81% job: 2277050

RA center: 306.200 degrees

DEC center: 42.408 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.642 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 273.692 degrees

Field radius: 0.369 degrees

Locations: Dark Star Observatory, Taos, New Mexico, United States

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Non-commercial independent facility


I have resurrected some images I took a couple of years ago, but never finished processing. Taken with equipment I no longer have, but worked well at the time.

This image captures a fascinating series of objects located in the constellation of Cygnus. The objects include many small but beautiful reflection nebulae, emission nebulae, dark nebulae, and star clusters. The entire view spans nearly 30 light-years.

Three bright blue reflection nebulea are the featured objects in the center of this image. NGC 6914, the object namesake, is the most prominent of the reflection nebulae. Located 6000 light years away, it is seen just right of image center. I really like the extent to which this blue nebula is swirled with dark dust lanes. Just left of this nebula, at image center, is van den Bergh 132 (vdB 132). Further to the left is vdB 131, whose blue nebulosity surrounds the open star cluster Dolidze 8.



Jerry Macon
License: Attribution Creative Commons

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VdB 132 Reflection Nebula, 


            Jerry Macon