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vdB 141 -  The Ghost Nebula (LRGB), 


            Frank Breslawski
vdB 141 -  The Ghost Nebula (LRGB)

vdB 141 - The Ghost Nebula (LRGB)

Technical card

Resolution: 2692x2212

Dates:Nov. 17, 2018Nov. 18, 2018

Astronomik Deep-Sky B: 12x300" -20C bin 1x1
Astronomik Deep-Sky G: 12x300" -20C bin 1x1
Astronomik Deep-Sky R: 12x300" -20C bin 1x1
Astronomik L-2 UV-IR Block: 22x300" -20C bin 1x1
Astronomik L-2 UV-IR Block: 38x600" -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 11.2 hours

Darks: ~50

Flats: ~10

Bias: ~200

Avg. Moon age: 9.54 days

Avg. Moon phase: 72.04%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00 job: 2435368

RA center: 319.066 degrees

DEC center: 68.187 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.928 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 266.711 degrees

Field radius: 0.449 degrees

Locations: Home, Bergisches Land, Germany

Data source: Backyard


Just in time for the new year there is something creepy! :-) vdB 141 or the Ghost Nebula are part of CB 230 (or L1177) - a molecular cloud in the western part of the constellation Cepheus. It belongs to the "Cepheus Flare Region", a large complex of molecular clouds in the Milky Way. At its eastern edge, the cloud contains a globule with several infrared sources, which are protostars, as well as an associated jet. The designation CB 230 is derived from a 1988 catalogue by Dan P. Clemens and Richard Barvainis.

The globule is closely followed by a bright region of the molecular cloud, which contains a star that was catalogued as Reflection Nebula vdB 141 by Sidney van den Bergh in 1966 due to its nebulous appearance. Further west there are pillar-like structures whose appearance is reminding of ghosts. Because of these formations, the nebula is occasionally given names such as "Spooky Nebula", "The Ghosts of Cepheus" or similar.



Frank Breslawski
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons

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vdB 141 -  The Ghost Nebula (LRGB), 


            Frank Breslawski

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