vdB 141 – The Ghost of Cepheus | Craig & Tammy Temple

Craig & Tammy Temple
Location of photo
Camp Hatteras RV Resort, Rodanthe, NC, USA
Date/Time of photo
October 1 & 2, 2013
Telescope: Sky Watcher Quantum 120 Apo @ f/7 Accessories: SW Quantum matched flattener; Dew control by Dew Buster; Alnitak Flat-Man Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 Camera: QSI583wsg CCD @ -10.0C Guiding: Starlight Xpress Lodestar via PHD Filters: Astrodon E-Series Gen II LRGB filters Exposure: 28 x 15min. binned 1x1 Luminance; 6 x 10min. binned 2x2 in each R, G, & B Acquisition: ImagesPlus 5.0 Camera Control Processing: PixInsight 1.8; Adobe PhotoShop CS5; Noel Carboni’s Actions
Lurking some 1,200 light-years away at the edge of the Cepheus Flare molecular cloud complex is a ghostly nebula and somewhat isolated Bok globule known as vdB 141 or Sh2-136. The ghostly shapes of this nebula are cosmic dust clouds that are faintly illuminated in the dimly reflected starlight. This nebula is over two light-years across and at the core of the dark cloud at the top of the nebula in this image, is likely a binary star system in its early stages of formation. (adapted from NASA's APOD)
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