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 21.35.1.02 (vdB 142) is a faint blue reflection
nebula to the northwest of the star near the eastern end of
(dark lane). See the 14.5" version.
This is the (blue) CDS image/data for GN 21.35.1.02.
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