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SH2-136 The Ghost Nebula, 


            Randal Healey
SH2-136 The Ghost Nebula

SH2-136 The Ghost Nebula

Technical card

Resolution: 2191x1644

Dates:May 17, 2019May 18, 2019May 19, 2019May 20, 2019

Astrodon BLUE 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance: 20x300" -10C bin 1x1
Astrodon GREEN 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance: 20x300" -10C bin 1x1
Astrodon LUM 36mm - Gen2 E -Series Tru-Balance: 22x600" -10C bin 1x1
Astrodon RED 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance: 19x300" -10C bin 1x1

Integration: 8.6 hours

Darks: ~50

Flats: ~50

Bias: ~100

Avg. Moon age: 14.87 days

Avg. Moon phase: 98.48% job: 2710918

RA center: 319.127 degrees

DEC center: 68.259 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.970 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 184.083 degrees

Field radius: 0.369 degrees

Locations: Healey "Utahopia" Observatory, Kaysville, Utah, United States

Data source: Own remote observatory


This image was a real challenge for me but was rewarding to image and process. I hope you enjoy.

The Ghost Nebula is a reflection nebula that has several stars embedded within the nebula. These stars give the nebula an eery brown color. The nebula itself consists of numerous Bok globules - areas where the dust and gas is condensing to form protostars. The dark nebula to the right of vdb 141 is LDN 1435. Within this nebula is a Herbig Haro object known as HH 157 which is probably a binary star system in formation.

Also known as Sh2-136, the Ghost Nebula is about 2 light years across and 1200 light years away. The surrounding nebulosity is uncatalogued, although these dust clouds are pervasive throughout the constellation of Cepheus.



Randal Healey
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SH2-136 The Ghost Nebula, 


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