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LDN1251 (Dark Nebula Region), 


            Randal Healey
LDN1251 (Dark Nebula Region)

LDN1251 (Dark Nebula Region)

Technical card

Resolution: 3197x2393

Dates:July 7, 2019July 8, 2019

Astrodon BLUE 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance: 21x300" -10C bin 1x1
Astrodon GREEN 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance: 20x300" -10C bin 1x1
Astrodon LUM 36mm - Gen2 E -Series Tru-Balance: 18x300" -10C bin 1x1
Astrodon RED 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance: 22x300" -10C bin 1x1

Integration: 6.8 hours

Darks: ~50

Flats: ~50

Bias: ~100

Avg. Moon age: 5.82 days

Avg. Moon phase: 33.80% job: 2791023

RA center: 338.988 degrees

DEC center: 75.192 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.834 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 191.982 degrees

Field radius: 0.462 degrees

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

Data source: Own remote observatory


Most images of this object are wide field images, so I thought I would image it with my 9.25 SCT. I was suprised at the unique look from the other image forms i've seen.

Stars are forming in Lynds Dark Nebula (LDN) 1251. About 1,000 light-years away and drifting above the plane of our Milky Way galaxy, the dusty molecular cloud is part of a complex of dark nebulae mapped toward the Cepheus flare region. Across the spectrum, astronomical explorations of the obscuring interstellar clouds reveal energetic shocks and outflows associated with newborn stars.
Distant background galaxies also lurk on the scene, visually buried behind the dusty expanse.



Randal Healey
License: None (All rights reserved)

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Sky plot


LDN1251 (Dark Nebula Region), 


            Randal Healey