Sh2-136, The Ghost Nebula in Cepheus
Published 14 Oct 2021

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About this object

A ghostly apparition in the constellation Cepheus, Sh2-136 is appropriately nicknamed the Ghost Nebula. Within this area of Cepheus the area is very dusty. This delicate molecular dust fills the entire field of view. The image above is a small crop of the full image. Click on the image above to see a larger field of view. Thicker dust glows with a reddish/brown color. The thinner dust is less colorful. Off to the lower right of the Ghost nebula's wing is an cone shaped orange Herbig-Haro object called HH 157 indicating new stars are being born within the dense dust. Several un-named galaxies are also within the larger field of view. I attached an annotated image showing the main objects in the field of view.
Image Details

  • Optics : Stellarvue SVX 152T refractor @f8 1200mm FL
  • Mount: Paramount MYT
  • Camera: ZWO ASI6200
  • Filters: Chroma 50mm LRGB
  • Exposure (min): LRGB 255,190,185,260 14.8 hrs, 2x2 binning
  • Automation Control: The Sky X, Voyager, PrimaluceLab Eagle 4 pro
  • Guiding: StarlightXpress Lodestar X2
  • Processing Software: PixInsight
  • Location: Stark Bayou Observatory, Ocean Springs, MS
  • Sky: Typical SQM 19.6-20.1, Bortle 5, Suburban
  • Date: 11Aug - 7 Sep 21
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