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SH2-263 & vdB38 - The Moldy Strawberry Nebula, 


            Kurt Zeppetello
SH2-263 & vdB38 - The Moldy Strawberry Nebula
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SH2-263 & vdB38 - The Moldy Strawberry Nebula

Technical card

Dates:Jan. 29, 2020Feb. 15, 2020

ZWO B 1.25" optimized for ASI1600: 44x90" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
ZWO G 1.25" optimized for ASI1600: 39x90" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
ZWO L 1.25" optimized for ASI1600: 110x90" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
ZWO R 1.25" optimized for ASI1600: 39x90" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 5.8 hours

Darks: ~12

Flats: ~15

Bias: ~20

Avg. Moon age: 12.94 days

Avg. Moon phase: 36.84%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.00

Mean FWHM: -2.00

Temperature: -2.00

Basic astrometry details job: 3254382

RA center: 5h 22' 29"

DEC center: +8° 26' 20"

Pixel scale: 1.204 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 191.329 degrees

Field radius: 0.862 degrees

Resolution: 4093x3128

Locations: Happy Frog Observatory, Monroe, Connecticut, United States

Data source: Backyard


Orion is just packed with dust and gas. Aside from the popular nebula, numerous other nebulae are also present. This interesting looking object consists of a red emission nebula (SH2-263) and a blue reflection nebula (vdB38). Together this is called the Moldy Strawberry Nebula although some sites list as the Raspberry Nebula.

I really pushed the processing in order to show the gas and dust in the background regions and to bring out the colors of the blue and red portions. Very close by to this object is another Sharpless object, SH2-265, which is a faint emission nebula with two dark nebula embedded into it. Unfortunately I did not frame it properly in order to get them so I will revisit this object in future.



Kurt Zeppetello
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SH2-263 & vdB38 - The Moldy Strawberry Nebula, 


            Kurt Zeppetello

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