SH2-202 Widefield (including Van den Bergh 14 and 15)

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Copyright Steve Cannistra

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Approximate Position:
RA: 03h 19m 55s (J2000)
Dec: 59degrees 40' 24" (J2000)
Position Angle: 258 degrees

This is a widefield view of a very faint but interesting emission nebula listed in the Sharpless Catalog (SH2-202, page 262, Table 1), located in the constellation Camelopardalis (the Giraffe).  In addition to many dark dust lanes coursing throughout this star forming region, there are several other beautiful targets, including the mixed reflection/emission nebulae vdB 14 and 15, as well as vdB 11 and IC 1871.  An asterism that is popular among visual observers is also noted just right of center, referred to as Pazmino's Cluster (Stock 23), although it is not considered to be part of SH2-202 itself.  Finally, the planetary nebula IC289 can be seen as well on the right hand side of the image. 

Photographic Details:
Dates:  SH2-202 widefield, December 22 and 24, 2019; additional data from my prior image of vdB 14/15,  October 5-7, 2008
Scope:  FSQ106N
Camera:  Apogee U16M at -20C
Filters:  Baader RGB and Ha filters
Total exposure:  12 hours, unbinned
Post-processing:  Calibrated, aligned, and stacked in Maxim, followed by DDP in ImagesPlus (IP).  Further processing in Photoshop CS (16 bit format)

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