vdB 142* (area) Bright Nebula in Cepheus

Center of field at approximately: RA 21 hours 35 minutes 44 seconds, Dec +57 degrees 28 minutes 04 seconds

Size: 1.0' Magnitude: -- Class: Refection

North is up

West to the right


 14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector


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


Lumicon Red filter, 720 minutes (72 x 10 minute subs), 07/14/15/16/17/2013; seeing 3.4-4.7 FWHM per CCDStack


CCDStack 2.74.4938.18664, Photoshop CS5.1


 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 west of the brighter star near the eastern end of LDN 1105 (dark lane). See the 8" 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