Posts Tagged ‘cepheus’

Sh2-129, The Flying Bat Nebula

September 28, 2013 Leave a comment

This is another monochromatic image I captured while the moon was near full this month. Sh2-129 is a very dim, but very large H-alpha region at the bottom of Cepheus. It’s close to the far brighter and more famous IC1396, which explains why it is so often overlooked among the sea of emission nebulae in that area. I’ve seen it referred to as the Flying Bat Nebula, but it probably has more claim to be a “Tulip” nebula than Sh2-101. This is definitely a challenging object to capture.

Nicola Montecchiari recently captured a terrific image of this nebula with the OIII-emitting planetary nebula OU4 at its core.  Looks like I will have to go back and capture some OIII data here soon!

Sh2-129, The Flying Bat Nebula, H-alpha

Sh2-129, The Flying Bat Nebula, H-alpha

Image data:
Exposures: 19 x 1200s Ha exposures
Software: guiding by PHD, stacking in DeepSkyStacker
Processing: PixInsight
Telescope: Takahashi FSQ-106ED (530 mm f/5)
Camera: SBIG STL-11000M with Astrodon 6nm narrowband filters, 2×2 binned
Mount: CGEM
September 15, 2013


Ced 214 (Sh2-171) and NGC 7822

September 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Cygnus is not the only summer narrowband delight in the northern hemisphere.  Cepheus also hosts some beautiful emission nebulae, two of which are shown here. The object on the left has the lovely name Cederblad 214, also known as Sharpless 171.  The object on the right (that I can’t help but see as a seahorse) is NGC 7822.

Ced 214 is fairly commonly imaged at longer focal lengths to capture its “elephant trunk” pillars of expanding gas, but here I’ve captured a little bit wider of a field at about 430 mm (on the KAF-8300 chip).  If you go even wider, the whole region is covered in nebulosity that when framed properly is known as the Cosmic Question Mark.

This image took five evenings in September to capture.  This object has a low surface brightness, especially in O-III.  This image represents just shy of 20 hours of total exposure time.

Ced 214 (Sh2-171) and NGC 7822

Ced 214 (Sh2-171) and NGC 7822


Image data:

Exposures:  16 x 1200s Ha , 16 x 1200s O-III, 27 x 1200s S-II (19h 40m total)

Software:  guiding by PHD, stacking in DeepSkyStacker

Processing:  Photoshop CS3, modified Hubble palette

Telescope:  Televue NP101 with 0.8x reducer (at about  f/4.3)

Camera:  SBIG ST-8300M with Baader standard narrowband filters, 2×2 binned

Mount:  CGEM

September 9, 10, 11, 12, and 19, 2012

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