Vdb 142 or Van den Berg 142, is tiny bluish reflection nebula embedded in the larger
emission/dark nebula IC 1396A (Elephant's Trunk) in Cepheus. It is about 2,400 light
years away from us in Cepheus. The nebula is barely visible on the upper right side of
the brighter star in the middle left, near the 'eye' of the dark nebula.
This is a pretty dim nebula and it was challenging to get enough exposure to show it in
any detail, even with 22 hours of actual exposure.
Date: Jul 16,26 Aug 16,18, 2012
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Hyperion 12.5 inch f/9 2532mm focal length
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera/Filters: SBIG STL 11000 camera Baader filters
Exposure: HA: 40x20 minutes unbinned, R:19x10 min G:20x7 min B:19x10 min. The
total time was 22 hours
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using
Maxim DL with subsequent processing using Photoshop.
Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA