vdB 152 Dusty Cloud

vdB 152 Dusty Cloud

Constellation: Cepheus
Ra: 22hr 13min 25s
Dec: +70d 18min 5s
Distance: 4,000 light years
Image Size: 35' x 35'
North: Lower right



van den Berg (vdB) 152 is an elongated cloud 1,400 light years distant in the Constellation of Cepheus. It is sufficiently dense in localized areas to block all light from stars from reaching us. In other areas, some stars shine through. Its reddisih color is largely due to light scattering off dust particles within the cloud. This preferntially scatters light of shorter wavelengths and lets redder light through. The tip of the cloud near the center of the image is reflecting blue light from a nearly embedded star.

Exposure: 2.5hrs Lum; 3 hrs R,G,B
Telescope: RCOS 16" RC f/8.9 tube
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount ME
Oag: Astrodon MonsterMOAG
Acquisition: CCD AutoPilot4
Calibration: CCDStack2
Observatory Site: Sierra-Remote Observatories, Shaver Lake, CA
Camera: Apogee U16M
Filters: Astrodon Gen 2 LRGB
Guider: SBIG ST-402
Camera Operation: MaximDL4.62
Processing: Photoshop CS3
Image Date: 06/19/2009

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