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VdB141 Ghost Nebula, 


            Jerry Macon
VdB141 Ghost Nebula
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VdB141 Ghost Nebula

Technical card

Dates:Oct. 4, 2018Oct. 5, 2018

Astrodon Gen 2 RGB 36mm: 164x100" (gain: 99.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon Gen 2 RGB 36mm: 48x200" (gain: 99.00) -15C bin 1x1

Integration: 7.2 hours

Avg. Moon age: 24.96 days

Avg. Moon phase: 22.06%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00

Temperature: 10.00

Basic astrometry details job: 2294197

RA center: 21h 16' 29"

DEC center: +68° 15' 46"

Pixel scale: 0.442 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 265.566 degrees

Field radius: 0.389 degrees

Resolution: 5308x3480

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

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Non-commercial independent facility


This is my first image with a new ZWO ASI183MM-Pro camera. Much smaller pixels than the prior ASI1600MM produces the detailed .442 pixel scale. Definitely a challenge for the seeing.

Distance 1,470 ly
The Ghost Nebula (designated Sh2-136 and VdB 141) is a reflection nebula located in the constellation Cepheus.

It lies near the cluster NGC 7023. Looking at the adjacent image, the nebula's name is easily understood. The Ghost nebula is referred to as a globule (cataloged CB230) and over 2 light-years across. There are several stars embedded, whose emissions make the nebula shine in brownish colour.

The Ghost Nebula should not be confused with the Little Ghost Nebula (NGC 6369) or the Ghost Head Nebula (NGC 2080).



Jerry Macon
License: Attribution Creative Commons

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VdB141 Ghost Nebula, 


            Jerry Macon