Celestial hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Orion (Ori)
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NGC 2163, 



    
        

            Gary Imm
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NGC 2163

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NGC 2163, 



    
        

            Gary Imm
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NGC 2163

Acquisition details

Dates:
Dec. 24, 2019 ·  Dec. 25, 2019
Frames:
Astrodon Gen2 I-Series Tru-Balance Blue: 30×120(1h) (gain: 111.00) -20°C bin 1×1
Astrodon Gen2 I-Series Tru-Balance Green: 30×120(1h) (gain: 111.00) -20°C bin 1×1
Astrodon Gen2 I-Series Tru-Balance Lum: 60×120(2h) (gain: 111.00) -20°C bin 1×1
Astrodon Gen2 I-Series Tru-Balance Red: 30×120(1h) (gain: 111.00) -20°C bin 1×1
Integration:
5h
Avg. Moon age:
28.29 days
Avg. Moon phase:
2.02%

RA center: 06h07m50s.382

DEC center: +18°3926.90

Pixel scale: 0.494 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 97.752 degrees

Field radius: 0.222 degrees

More info:Open 

Resolution: 2632x1884

File size: 1.8 MB

Locations: Backyard (Mag 20.8 - Bortle 4.5), Onalaska, Texas, United States

Data source: Backyard

Description

This obscure object, also known as Cederblad 62, is a beautiful small reflection nebula located 3300 light years away in the constellation of Orion at a declination of +18 degrees. The magnitude 11 nebula has a length of about 3 arc-minutes, which corresponds to a width of 3 light years.

The star at the center is the 13th magnitude variable star LkHa208, a young star still enveloped by its prenatal cloud. Strong bipolar winds are interacting with the cloud and I expect that the reflection nebula, like other variable nebulae, is changing shape over short periods of time. I like the many shades of blue that can be seen in the nebula. The nebula dust cloud is part of the larger dark nebula LDN 1574, whose impact of obscured stars is seen in the top half of the image.

This is the first image of this object on Astrobin.

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