B 174 (LDN 1164) Dark Nebula in Cepheus

Located at: RA 22 hours 07 minutes 07 seconds, Dec +59 degrees 06 minutes 46 seconds

Size: 16' x 5.0' Magnitude: -- Class: 6 Ir

North is up

West to the right


 8" f5 Newtonian reflector


  ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -15c & -20c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56


Lumicon Red filter, 680 minutes  (68 x 10 minute subs), 08/1/2/4/5/6/2009; seeing 1.8-3.1 FWHM per CCDStack


CCDStack, Photoshop 7.0


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


This dark nebula is one of several dark patches just north and east of IC 1396.

All three of the fields I imaged in August were taken mostly in heavy moonlight. Also see B 170 and B171, and B 173. B 174 is about 33 minutes due south of B 173.

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

α(2000)22h 07m 19s, δ(2000) +59 04
Galactic Coordinates 103,+3
 Narrow, irregular, 19 long NE and SW