B 163 (LDN 1106) aka "the Frog" Dark Nebula in Cepheus

Located at: RA 21 hours 42 minutes 11 seconds, Dec +56 degrees 44 minutes 01 seconds

Size: 4.0' Magnitude: -- Class: 4 Ir G

North is up

West to the right


 8" f5 Newtonian reflector


  ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -20c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56


Lumicon Red filter, 720 minutes  (72 x 10 minute subs), 07/3/4/5/6/2009; seeing 2.0-3.1 FWHM per CCDStack


CCDStack, Photoshop 7.0


 Rolling Roof Observatory, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (+34d 13m 29s -118h 52m 20s)

Notes: This little dark lane is situated on the southern half of the IC 1396 complex. There are many lark lanes and interesting objects in the IC 1396 complex.

See this wonderful color image assembled by Davide De Martin for an overview of IC 1396. Within IC 1396 is vdB 142 ... My ccd image of vdB 142 is here.

This description from the on-line Edward Emerson Barnard "A Photographic Atlas of Selected Region of The Milky Way":

α(2000)21h 42m 10s, δ(2000) +56 42
Galactic Coordinates 99,+3
 Small, very black, pointed to the S, two dark streams running from this toward the N