Observation by Graeme Coates: Barnard's "E"

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Graeme Coates


Graeme Coates


2020 Jul 14 - 23:00


2020 Jul 16 - 23:56


Barnard 142
Barnard 143

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Field centre

RA: 19h40m
Dec: +10°49'
Position angle: -4°44'

Field size

1°53' × 2°30'

  • Skywatcher Esprit ED80
  • SBIG STF8300
  • MI-250

6.2hrs total RGB (2h10:2h:2h10) - 300s subs



Target name

Barnard 142/143


Barnard's "E"

About this image

Nestled just to the west of Tarazed (Gamma Aquilae) are the dark nebulae Barnard 142 and 143 that are silhouetted against the bright background of the Milky Way, composed of a myriad stars.

Many of the stars in and around the nebula are significantly reddened by the dust and gas along our line of sight that forms an "E" shape to our eyes, and there are hints of extended thinner dust that extends away from the main nebula that are revealed by subtle hue change in the background stars.

Capture: Paul Tribe & Graeme Coates
Processing: Graeme Coates

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