B 8 area* (LDN 1394 / *B 9 = LDN 1400H) Dark Nebula in Camelopardalis

Center of field at approximately: RA 04 hours 19 minutes 07 seconds, Dec +55 degrees 16 minutes 19 seconds

Size: >30' Magnitude: -- Class: 5 Ir

North is up

West to the right


 8" f5 Newtonian reflector


 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -25c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56


Lumicon Deep Sky filter, 300 minutes (30 x 10 minute subs), 01/17/30 & 02/4/2008; seeing 2.4-3.5 FWHM per CCDStack


CCDStack 1.3.2, Photoshop 7.0


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


Another Barnard dark nebulae with an incorrect position ... My software (Megastar v5.0.12) lists B 9 at 04h 19m 00s, +55d 04m 00s, as does most online sources I checked.

The CDS list the center of B 8 at 04h 17m 48s, +55d 13m 59s ... about the middle right of my image; The center of B 9 at 04h 17m 59.9s, +55d 00m 00s ... just out of my field to the south. So this image is really a poorly centered B 8 ... it needs to be re-imaged.

See this link for a CDS listing of objects in this area. There are at least five Barnard dark nebulae within this 3 degree area of Camelopardalis.

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

Dark Object
α (2000)
4h 17m 47s
δ (2000)
+55 16
Galactic Coordinates

150, 3

Center of a dark, irregular lane about 2.6 long and 22 across, very much like the dark lanes E. of ? Ophiuchi.
Dark Object
α (2000)
4h 18m 53s
δ (2000)
+55 04
Galactic Coordinates
150, 3
Dark, irregular vacancy. This is the middle of a great vacancy extending east and west, the continuous part of which is 2 1/2 long and about 1/2 wide. It really extends in a more or less broken form for about 6. There is a wide region extending south of it for a couple of degrees, nearly to the star BD+53750 (50 mag) whose position is a a = 4h 6m 58s, d = +53 18'. To the east it breaks up into more or less separate spots, somewhat resembling those at the east end of the great lane from Rho Ophiuchi, but unlike that lane it does not originate in a larger vacant space or a nebula. Its borders are not so definite as the Rho Ophiuchi lane. It is approximately bounded by the coordinates a = 3h 58m, d = +54.7 and a = 4h 20m, d = +54.8. The individual positions of some of the spots are given in the catalogue..