vdB 14 & 15 - Reflection Nebulae in Camelopardalis

Contrasty version:

vdB 14 & 15 LRGB

Less contrasty version:

vdB 14 & 15 LRGB

VdB 14 (right) and VdB 15 (left) are reflection nebulae, a small part of a large dust cloud in Camelopardalis. They can be seen at the bottom of this very wide field shot from 2010:  https://www.astrofoto.ca/stuartheggie/ccd_photos/Sh2-202_HaRGB_FSQ_U16M.html

VdB 14 is illuminated by the magnitude 4.29 star HD 21291 - variable blue supergiant of type Alfa Cygni, which also has the name CS Camelopardalis. Together with the surrounding stars it forms the central part of an OB association known as Cam OB1, placed at a distance of about 2600 light years from the Solar System, on the outer edge of the Orion's Arm. VdB 15 is a large bank of gas illuminated by the bright star HD 21389, well visible to the naked eye thanks to its magnitude of 4.55. HD 21389 is also a variable blue supergiant of type Alfa Cygni, being catalogued also as CE Camelopardalis. The distance to VdB 15 is also 2600 l.y., which means VdB 14 and VdB 15 are close in space. In fact, both of them are part of the same molecular cloud. [Source: https://www.irida-observatory.org/CCD/VdB14_15/VdB14_15.html]

Camera: Moravian G4 (16803 ccd) w Astrodon Gen II filters
Scope: AP155EDF w Focus Boss II
36 x 10 min Luminance
12 x 10 min each RGB
Paramount MX guided w ST-402 and Borg 60mm achromat
Image acquisition with TSX and CCD-Commander

Calibration and processing all in PixInsight. Assembly of the RGB image in PixInsight. LRGB combine in Photoshop.

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Captured  August 2022
Lucknow, Ontario

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