Object name: VDB124

Designation(s): VDB124, IC1287,

vdB 124 is a reflection nebula around the star HD 170740 in Scutum about 700 light years away. It is the central part of the larger reflection nebula IC 1287. At magnitude 5.7 the B2V star made imaging this one difficult. I get nasty reflections from the corrector of the SCT with strong blue stars that fills much of my field with a round blue glare with a bright ring edge. I had to do a lot of processing to remove it and still leave the nebula.

Its declination near 11 degrees south declination limits my imaging time and resolution. I only was able to get one night on it within an hour of the meridian. It needs a lot more to catch the outer parts of IC 1287. That just didn\'t happen when the weather failed to cooperate. A common story for 2012.

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