Friday, 13 April 2012

5 curious and nearly unknown nebulae for photographers

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Image courtesy of DSS (Digitized Sky Survey)
LBN 437(a) / V0375 Lac (Markarian 914)

Coordinates: 22 34 05 +40 42 36 (Lacerta)

Eastern part of the LBN 437 complex - designated here as LBN 437a. Small 2.5' nebula concentrated around the variable star V0375 Lac - sometimes credited as a galaxy Markarian 914. The size of the whole eastern complex is roughly 20'.

Image courtesy of DSS (Digitized Sky Survey)
LBN 437(b)

Coordinates: 22 30 13 +40 28 13 (Lacerta)

Western part of the LBN 437 - credited here as LBC 437b. Total size is roughly 30' x 12' and forms a shape of a dragon, monkey or a lizard. You decide. Bright star near the "head" of the dragon is 8th magnitude HD 213472.

Image courtesy of DSS (Digitized Sky Survey)
GSC 790-523 nebula

Coordinates: 07 43 15 +14 48 05 (Gemini)

This anonymous nebula is surrounding 13th magnitude star and is 3' in size with fainter filaments continuing to south. Bright 9th magnitude star HD 62120 is just west of the nebula.

Image courtesy of DSS (Digitized Sky Survey)
TYC 3651-1162-1 nebula

Coordinates: 23 57 11 +50 41 55 (Cassiopeia)

Small (12' x 10') anonymous detail of a huge nebula complex. Brightest part is located just south of TYC 3651-1162-1. Forms a shape similar to that of an ear or Crescent nebula (NGC 6888).

Image courtesy of DSS (Digitized Sky Survey)
HD 41397 nebula

Coordinates: 06 06 59 +54 54 51.9 (Auriga)

Anonymous nebula complex with several individual patches visible in a 30' area. The brightest individual puff of nebulosity is located W of magnitude 10.6 star TYC 3755-802-1 with a size of ~4'.