Object name: VDB150

Designation(s): VDB150,

VdB 150, along with vdB 149 are reflection nebulae in central Cepheus that are part of a single huge molecular cloud lit by bright blue stars. VdB 150 is illuminated by 8th magnitude SAO 10264, a B8IV star. The Sky puts its distance at about 1000 light-years based on parallax. This is pushing the limit of the method so consider it quite approximate as the parallax is only about 0.003" which is a very difficult measurement, even for Hipparcos to make.

As has been usual for 2012 weather took a toll on the image, especially the color data. It was so damaged by clouds I didn't try to bring out the background nebulosity of the molecular cloud as the color data was just too noisy. Also at my image scale, it is rather featureless. But the data was sufficient for the reflection nebula.

14" LX200R @ f/10, L=8x10' (many poor) RGB=2x10' (all poor), STL-11000XM, Paramount ME

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