VdB 56 - reflection nebula in Taurus

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© Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov 2016

VdB 56 (in the center of the image above) is a reflection nebula visible in the constellation Taurus. It is situated in the eastern part of the constellation, about 30 arc minutes in ESE direction from the star 126 Tauri, of magnitude 5.04. It appears as a very faint strand of gas stretched from east to west. Its bluish color is given by its lighting star, HD 38065 - a A2V spectral class star of. Its parallax has been calculated in 13.3 mas, which suggests a distance of about 75 parsecs (equal to 245 light-years).

Image details:


Center of field RA 05:43:49 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE +16:21:13 (deg:m:s)
Size 1.91 x 1.31 (deg)
Pixel scale: 2.99 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is -75 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
e-mail: info@irida-observatory.org
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