Object name: BARNARD095

Designation(s): BARNARD095,

Barnard 95/LDN 406 is a dark nebula in western Scutum about 2.6 degrees northeast of M16. That puts it rather low in my skies. I need a very good night to work this low. Seeing and transparency are usually poor at this low altitude. This was one of the very few good nights I had in 2013. While most sites say the distance to dark nebulae in Scutum is about 650 light-years the one paper I found giving a distance to it says 400 parsecs which would be twice that distance or 1300 light-years.

There's one asteroid in my image. It is in the lower left quadrant and rather lost among all the stars but does show up as a rather bright short line angled upward to the right. It is (99252) 2001 LJ1 at magnitude 17.2. I doubt I'd have noticed a typical magnitude 19 asteroid I usually pick up. While this was a good night for 2013 the variations in the asteroid trail show sky conditions varied through the exposures for the L frames with the last two being less transparent than the first two and likely through the color frames as well.

Due to moon rise limiting my imaging time I only used three luminance frames for this image. I should have eliminated a green frame rather than the luminance frame but wasn't thinking when I set up the script for this one.

This image is reproduced at 1.5" per pixel rather than my usual 1" per pixel.

14" LX200R @ f/10, L=3x10' RGB=2x10, STL-11000XM, Paramount ME

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