VdB 61 - reflection nebula in Orion

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© Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov 2016

VdB 61 (in the center of the image above) is a reflection nebula visible in the constellation Orion. Its location is identified about 2.5 ° to the SSW from brilliant Betelgeuse. It is very tenuous gas filament visible to the northwest from the star responsible for its enlightenment. This star, cataloged as HD 39398, is a yellow giant of spectral class G6II-III, which gives the cloud a greenish-white color. Its distance, determined by measuring its parallax of 3.87 ± 0.96 mas corresponds to about 258 parsecs (842 light-years).

Image details:


Center of field RA 05:52:39 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE +05:10:47 (deg:m:s)
Size 1.91 x 1.31 (deg)
Pixel scale: 2.99 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is 104 degrees E of N
Charts and image details obtained from Astrometry.net
Optic(s): ASA 12" Astrograph @ f/3.6 (Newton)
Mount: ASA DDM85 Standard
Camera: SBIG STL 11000 M
Filters: Luminance, Red, Green, Blue, Astronomik filters
Dates/Times: 2 Jan. 2016
Location: IRIDA Observatory, BG, longitude: E 24 44' 18", latitude: N 41 41' 42"
Exp. Details: L: 4x10, R:4x10 min, G:4x10 min, B:4x10 min, Bin 2, Total Exposure Time - 160 min. (2:40 h)
More details: Dark and flat frames reduction
Processing: PixInsight / PS
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2013 - 2016. All Rights Reserved
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