Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Taurus (Tau)  ·  Contains:  IC 2087  ·  The star φTau
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From Barnard 10 to Barnard 14 in Taurus, 


            Göran Nilsson
From Barnard 10 to Barnard 14 in Taurus
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From Barnard 10 to Barnard 14 in Taurus

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron RASA 8" F/2

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI2600MC-Pro

Mounts: iOptron CEM70

Guiding telescopes or lenses: SkyWatcher 80/400 achromatic

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar Autoguider X2

Software: PixInsight 01.08 Ripley  ·  PHOTOSHOP CS5

Dates:Feb. 11, 2021

Frames: 152x240"

Integration: 10.1 hours

Avg. Moon age: 29.25 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.09%

Astrometry.net job: 4234926

RA center: 4h 29' 27"

DEC center: +26° 59' 24"

Pixel scale: 3.615 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 330.203 degrees

Field radius: 3.610 degrees

Resolution: 6775x2409

Locations: Home Observatory, Hole, Värmland, Sweden

Data source: Backyard


This is a two panel mosaic of dark nebulae in the Taurus Molecular Cloud. The relatively long total integration time at f/2 brought out quite a lot of colour and dust. The nebula to the left is Barnard 14 (containing the bright IC2087) and the one to the right is Barnard 10. The long stretch of dark nebulosity at the bottom right is NGC1539.

From Wikipedia: The Taurus Molecular Cloud is a molecular cloud in the constellations Taurus and Auriga. This cloud hosts a stellar nursery containing hundreds of newly formed stars. The Taurus Molecular Cloud is only 140 pc (430 ly) away from earth, making it the nearest large star formation region. It also reveals characteristics that make it ideal for detailed physical studies. It has been important in star formation studies at all wavelengths.