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Taken 16-Dec-23
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Original file size23 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Dark Shark Nebula

Dark Shark Nebula

The Shark Nebula (LDN 1235) is a part of a large molecular cloud in the constellation Cepheus. The Shark Nebula is made up of interstellar dust, which is so thick it hides most of the light from behind it. Within LDN 1235 there are two blue reflection nebulae, vdB149 and vdB150, that are illuminated by nearby spectral type B8IV stars. Unfortunately, I was only able to capture one of the reflection nebulae in this field of view. I captured this data in bortle 2 skies during a trip to Christina Lake in the summer. I was only able to capture 1 hour of each colour channel and 5 hours of luminance. This image was very challenging due to the limited exposure time and the faint nature of the target itself.

Telescope: Esprit 120
Camera: ASI1600MM Pro
Filters: Antila LRGB V-series
Guide camera: 290MM mini
Control unit: Asiair Pro
Mount: EQ6r Pro
Post-Processing: Pixinsight