VDB 126


Another day, another catalog… This time we have an object that is listed in the “VDB” catalog of 159 reflection nebulae that was published in 1966 by Sidney van den Bergh. Considering the beauty of this object, further study is needed.

Sixty eight five minute LRGB images from the Takahashi FSQ106EDIII telescope were stacked and processed in Maxim DL, Pixinsight, and Photoshop.

Pelican Nebula – Enhanced Detail

According to Wikipedia:

“The Pelican is much studied because it has a particularly active mix of star formation and evolving gas clouds. The light from young energetic stars is slowly transforming cold gas to hot and causing an ionization front gradually to advance outward.”

“Millions of years from now this nebula may no longer be known as the Pelican, as the balance and placement of stars and gas will leave something that appears completely different.”

Compared to my previous versions of this nebula, it is a little easier to see the pelican on the left hand side of this image due to the wider field of view that is a characteristic of the Takahashi FSQ106EDXIII telescope. It was captured in narrowband filters with 20 Sulphur, 17 Hydrogen-Alpha, and 16 Oxygen stacked images mapped to Red, Green and Blue as in the Hubble Palette.


Lynds Dark Nebula 1251

Lynds original catalog of dark nebulae was published in 1962. The catalog contains dark nebulae that were identified by Lynds’ visual inspection of the Palomar-Schmidt photographs. The clouds had to be visible on the red and blue photographs to be recorded. The original catalog contained 1802 objects. LDN 1251 is a Dark Nebula in the Constellation Cepheus.  This image is a composite of 69 fifteen minute LRGB images photographed through a 106mm Takahashi Telescope.



The Vulture Head or Baby Eagle Nebula take your pick…


This nebula is at a distance of about 400 light years and is fairly difficult for astrophotographers to capture. It is difficult to tease the eagle out of the background stars. This was taken through a Takahashi 106mm telescope through RGB filters. The imaging time was 24 hours.

Bubble Nebula – Wide Angle View


With clouds hanging over the observatory, there is another option. You can process raw images from a remote observatory. Raw images for this project were taken last September from a remote imaging observatory that is located in New Mexico at an elevation of 7400 feet. The telescope was a 106mm Takahashi FSQ 106EDXIII telescope. A total of over 100 half hour narrow band exposures were stacked for a total exposure time of 50 hours. This is actually a two panel mosaic that was stitched together with Microsoft ICE. Other software included Adobe Photoshop, Maxim DL, and Pixinsight.

Tadpoles – Color

tadpolesastrobinThe clouds are moving in, so imaging on this nebula has ended. Three narrow band filters were used and were assigned RGB colors based on what is called the Hubble palette. This was tweaked by removing some of the green coloration while emphasizing blue. A total of 35 thirty minute images were stacked, for a total imaging time of 17.5 hours.