vdB 142* (area) Bright Nebula in Cepheus

Center of field at approximately: RA 21 hours 35 minutes 23 seconds, Dec +57 degrees 27 minutes 50 seconds

Size: 1.0' Magnitude: -- Class: Refection

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 Deep Sky filter, 450 minutes (45 x 10 minute subs), 09/30 & 10/1/2/3/2007


CCDStack 1.3, Photoshop 7.0


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

Notes:* This has become a popular field to image (IC 1396 area); however, there is confusion as to the actual positional identity of the object I designate as "vdB 142". According to the "Atlas of Galactic Nebulae", by Th. Neckel and H. Vehrenberg, the object they designate as GN (vdB 142) is a faint blue reflection nebula to the northwest of the star near the eastern end of LDN 1105 (dark lane). See the 14.5" version.

This is the (blue) CDS image/data for GN

This is the CDS position for LDN 1105.

The sinuous dark lane LDN 1105 is also known as the "Elephant Trunk" nebula. The object with the bright rim and embedded dark lane is not vdB 142.

See here for my 1993 14.5" f5 Newtonian image of vdB142 (arrowed), taken on hypered Kodak Tech Pan 2415 film.

See here for Adam Block's color image that nicely shows the fan-shaped blue nebulosity of vdB 142