Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Camelopardalis (Cam)
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vdB 14/15 in Camelopardalis, 


            Graeme Coates
vdB 14/15 in Camelopardalis, 


            Graeme Coates

vdB 14/15 in Camelopardalis

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: SkyWatcher Esprit 80ED Super APO Triplet

Imaging cameras: SBIG STF8300M

Mounts: Mountain Instruments MI-250

Guiding telescopes or lenses: SkyWatcher Esprit 80ED Super APO Triplet

Software: Main Sequence Software Sequence Generator Pro Sequence Generator Pro  ·  Adobe Photoshop CS4  ·  Pleiades Astrophoto, S.L. PixInsight 1.8 Ripley

Filters: Baader Planetarium B 36mm  ·  Baader Planetarium G 36mm  ·  Baader Planetarium R 36mm  ·  Baader Planetarium L 36mm  ·  Chroma Ha 3nm

Accessory: SBIG FW 8300

Baader Planetarium B 36mm: 23x600" -20C bin 1x1
Baader Planetarium G 36mm: 20x600" -20C bin 1x1
Chroma Ha 3nm: 42x900" -20C bin 1x1
Baader Planetarium L 36mm: 72x600" -20C bin 1x1
Baader Planetarium R 36mm: 21x600" -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 33.2 hours

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4167796

RA center: 3h 30' 8"

DEC center: +59° 28' 22"

Pixel scale: 2.711 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 5.848 degrees

Field radius: 1.545 degrees

Resolution: 2442x3298

Locations: Entre Encinas y Estrellas, Fregenal de la Sierra, Extremadura, Spain

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: e-EyE Extremadura


van den Bergh 14 and 15 are a pair of reflection nebula located in Camelopardalis, close to Sh2-202 (which is edging into the right hand side of the frame). vdB 15 (to the south) has an interesting pinkish/yellow component to it - it provides a real challenge in getting both the colour and saturation correct. Additionally, a very rich star field complements the field but makes it hard to prevent it overwhelming the nebulae.

By adding H-Alpha data into the mix, it enhances the regions of hydrogen emission that encroach on and faintly pervade the area: not far away to the west are the Heart and Soul - it's a very busy area of sky.

There is a tiny (almost stellar in nature at this scale!) planetary nebula, catalogued as Kohoutek 3-64, to the left of the frame, that shines like a small pink beacon in the light of H-alpha.

The brighter region of hydrogen emission to the bottom left of the image appears to be catalogued as IRAS 03306+5825/Lyder-Galt B03306+5825 - the HII region above vdB14 (and above left from Sh2-202) is catalogued as Lyder-Galt B03211+6018.

Data was captured Dec 2020/Jan 2021.

Image Capture: Paul Tribe & Graeme Coates
Processing: Graeme Coates



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    vdB 14/15 in Camelopardalis, 


            Graeme Coates
    vdB 14/15 in Camelopardalis, 


            Graeme Coates


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vdB 14/15 in Camelopardalis, 


            Graeme Coates

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Entre Encinas y Estrellas (e-EyE)