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Observation by Graeme Coates: vdB 14/15 in Camelopardalis

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Graeme Coates


2020 Dec 20 - 11:54


2021 Jan 20 - 12:04

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Field centre

RA: 03h30m
Dec: +59°28'
Position angle: -5°58'

Field size

1°50' × 2°28'

  • Skywatcher Esprit 80ED
  • MI-250
  • STF8300M

33.2hrs total



Target name



vdB 14/15 in Camelopardalis

About this image

van den Bergh (vdB) 14 (LBN 681) and vdB 15 (LBN682+684) are a pair of reflection nebula located in Camelopardalis, close to Sh2-202 (which is edging into the right hand side of the frame). vdB 15 (to the south) has an interesting pinkish/yellow component to it - it provides a real challenge in getting both the colour and saturation correct. Additionally, a very rich star field complements the field but makes it hard to prevent it overwhelming the nebulae.

By adding H-Alpha data into the mix, it enhances the regions of hydrogen emission that encroach on and faintly pervade the area: not far away to the west are the Heart and Soul - it's a very busy area of sky.

There is a tiny (almost stellar in nature at this scale!) planetary nebula, catalogued as Kohoutek 3-64, to the left of the frame, that shines like a small pink beacon in the light of H-alpha.

The brighter region of hydrogen emission to the bottom left of the image appears to be catalogued as IRAS 03306+5825/Lyder-Galt B03306+5825 - the HII region above vdB14 (and above left from Sh2-202) is catalogued as Lyder-Galt B03211+6018.

Data was captured Dec 2020/Jan 2021 from our shared rig in EEYE.

Image Capture: Paul Tribe & Graeme Coates
Processing: Graeme Coates

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