Object name: SH2

Designation(s): SH2, 146_LBN514,

Sh2-146/LBN 514 is a "small" emission nebula in east-central Cepheus just below Iota. Galaxy map puts it nearly 18,000 light years distant and 19 light-years across. That source says it is "lit" by the ultraviolet light of a heavily obscured O7 star. I'm not sure which one it is. A strong dust lane does cut it into two parts. The whole field seems obscured, especially to the east. The star count rises rapidly to the west side of my image. There's a faint hint of dust in the star poor area in my raw FITS images but it is too noisy to bring out. Conditions were poor when I took this. I tried to compensate with a lot more time but it didn't help much if at all. It just seemed to add to the halos around the stars.

14" LX200R @ f/10, L=12x10' RGB=2x20'x3, STL-11000XM, Paramount ME