Object name: PVCEP

Designation(s): PVCEP, 12,

Gyulbudaghian's Nebula is a highly variable nebula lit up by PV Cephi. The star is also the source of HH-215. No two images of this one look the same. Sometimes it is just a faint, rather white jet, other times there's a very obvious reflection nebula. Sometimes it is somewhat diffuse and blue other times rather white and detailed. This is the way I found it when my data was taken on September 24, 2011 (UT). Compare it to this image taken in October 2010 . Then there's this very wide field image, west up, taken in 2008 when it was more like seen in my image, . It is virtually invisible in this, east up, July 2009 image .

I'll save my fingers by referring further discussion to these links.

There are a surprising number of distant galaxies in the image once you look outside the nebulous regions. NED lists some invisible ones from the 2MASS catalog that are visible only at 2 microns and not visible light. Those not seen at 2 microns aren't listed, however. The blue somewhat edge on spiral above and a bit left of the reflection nebula is an example. I didn't expect so many faint fuzzies in this region of the sky.

14" LX200R @ f/10, L=8x10 RG=2x10' B=4x10', STL-11000XM, Paramount ME