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LBN 438

Classification: Dark Nebula LBN438
Constellation: Lacerta (LAC)
Object Location: Ra 22h 42m 20s Dec +37° 57’00” (current)
Size & Distance: 30 Arcsec, Apx 900-1200 light years

Date & Location: 09-15-2023 Lockwood Observatory, Descanso,CA.
Exposure: LRGB 120, 60, 60, 60, L-12x10, RGB 6x10 ea (bin 1x1)
Optics: Telescope Engineering Company APO110FL w/ TEC FF @ f/5.74, 631mm, FLI-Atlas focuser.
Mount: Astro-Physics Mach 1 GTOCP4 / ATS 8x36 Pier.
Camera: Camera FLI-MLx694 @-25c / FLI CFW1-8 / Guided by ZWO 174mini / w OAG.
Filters: Chroma 50mm LRGB
Software: MaxImDL 6.11, CCDStack, Photoshop CC, Topaz Photo AI

Notes: Sky conditions: Above average seeing, No wind, Temp low 60’s
Image Field of view is 66x53 arcmin. Image Scale 1.48 arcsec/pix

LBN437 is a small dark nebula that is most likely associated with the larger LBN 437, The Gecko Nebula that is embedded in the Sh2-126 nebula. The distance is not known, but based on the brighter stars that are most likely illuminating LBN438, it’s probably in the 900-1200 light-year range. There are also many small PGC galaxies in the field with PGC 69439 in the upper right being the most prominent.