VdB 141: The Ghost Nebula

VdB 141 The Ghost Nebula is a reflection nebula close to Ursa Major in the northern skies
VdB 141 The Ghost Nebula is a reflection nebula close to Ursa Major in the northern skies. Click for full size image.

For the third night of gloriously clear skies I attempted another new object: VdB 141: The Ghost Nebula. This one is particularly faint, with the “arms” of the ghost a dull brown. The “head” is the reflection of dust from the nebula’s central star.

Technically, it’s part of the NGC 7023 cluster, which includes the Iris Nebula I photographed last night. It is relatively close, and only about 2 light years across.

Astrophotography Capture & Processing Details

Imaging telescope or lens: Celestron SCT 8”
Imaging camera: ZWO ASI 294MC PRO
Mount: Celestron AVX

Frames: 50×240″
Integration: 3.3 hours
Avg. Moon age: 28.38 days
Avg. Moon phase: 1.50%

Astrometry.net job: 3539237
RA center: 21h 16′ 46″
DEC center: +68° 21′ 7″
Pixel scale: 0.718 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 206.327 degrees
Field radius: 0.476 degrees

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