VdB 40 - reflection nebula in Orion

  Size: 1800 px      
© Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov 2016

VdB 40 is a tiny reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. It is separated just 16’ from the bright star Bellatrix (γ Ori), which makes its observations and imaging very tricky. The nebula is illuminated by the 9.2 mag star HD 243588. At the top center can be seen a part of the dark nebula LDN 1595. The ring shaped formation, as well as the surrounding circle are reflection from γ Orionis. Below is a higly magnified crop of the nebula itself :

Image details:


Center of field RA 05:25:38 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE +06:35:20 (deg:m:s)
Size 1.88 x 1.26 (deg)
Pixel scale: 2.99 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is -75.3 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: 25 Nov., 9. Dec. 2016
Location: IRIDA Observatory, BG, longitude: E 24 44' 18", latitude: N 41 41' 42"
Exp. Details: L: 5x10, R:4x10 min, G:4x10 min, B:4x10 min, Bin 2, Total Exposure Time - 170 min. (2:50 h)
More details: Dark and flat frames reduction
Processing: PixInsight / PS
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2013 - 2016. All Rights Reserved
e-mail: info@irida-observatory.org
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