Object name: BERKELEY068 GN04.41.8

Designation(s): BERKELEY068_GN04.41.8,

Sometimes imaging obscure objects as I often do even leaves me wondering why I do it. This started out as just such a case. My to-do list said, \"Ill-defined -- I can\'t even see it on the POSS images\". So why did I put it on the list in the first place? Assuming I had a reason I centered it and took a focus frame. In the corner I saw a nasty reflection. I moved the scope a bit to see what I had to do to move it off the frame. Instead it didn\'t move. It was real. A quick plate solve and inquiry to SIMBAD showed it to be GN 04.41.8 a reflection nebula found in no other catalog SIMBAD listed. So I recentered between the position for Berkeley 68 I couldn\'t see and the nebula. When finished the nebula was a nice one but the cluster was still missing.

I hoped to find something on the nebula as it was interesting but came up empty. Not one paper on it but the catalog listing itself. I still can\'t see Berkeley 68 that was to be my target. While every source I consulted had a slightly different position all were quite close to the same position. One said it was 12 minutes in diameter. So it likely is quite spread out. Likely lost in the Milky Way stars. According to WEBDA, it is 250 million years old and 5,500 light-years away on the eastern edge of Perseus only a few degrees from the plane of the Milky Way. No wonder it is lost in the background stars. Being young and only 0.67 magnitudes reddened its major stars are likely very blue. Though the star closest to its center is red. I still can\'t tell which stars are in the cluster. In the annotated image I drew a green circle 12 minutes of arc in diameter centered on the average position I found. The label is a bit west of center which is just above and right of the orange star.

To its northwest is what I thought might be Berkeley 68. Instead, SIMBAD says it is the open cluster [FSR2007] 0713. The name stands for Froebrich+Scholz+Raftery, 2007. Several other clusters from this catalog are in the image. I\'ve annotated them all but they aren\'t much more than Berkeley 68. For those interested in the FRS clusters see http://vizier.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/VizieR?-source=J/MNRAS/444/290

The reflection nebula has a few bright blue stars on its north edge. SIMBAD says those are the open cluster Majaess 50. I was unable to find where that name comes from. If you know please let me know. All I could find from SIMBAD is that this is a common name for it rather than a catalog entry.

There\'s one asteroid at the top of the frame, (91635) 1999 TH79.

The nebula turns out to be the only object in the frame worth taking. As it is a nice nebula with a hint of red emission around the edges I\'m surprised it is so unknown.

14\" LX200R @ f/10, L=4x10\' RGB 2x10\', STL-11000XM, Paramount ME