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Vdb38 / Raspberry Nebula

Classification: Emission/Reflection Nebula vdB38 / Sh2-265
Constellation: Orion (ORI)
Object Location: Ra 05h 21m 12s Dec +08° 24’47° (current)
Size & Distance: 1.8° x 1.8°

Date & Location: 1-04-2014 Little Blair Valley, CA.
Exposure: HaLRGB, Ha= 3 @ 15min. LRGB= 5ea. @ 15min. All (bin 1x1)
Optics: Takahashi FSQ106N f5 530mm.
Mount: Astro-Physics 900 GTO / ATS 10x36 pier.
Camera: FLI-ML6303E @ -30c / CFW2-7 / FLI-PDF / Guided by STV CF80mm. ST-402.
Filters: Astrodon 3nm Ha, Gen2 LRGB
Software: MaxImDL 6.05, Photoshop CS5

Notes: Sky conditions: Average seeing, calm winds, Temp 42°
Image Field of view is 119 x 180 arcmin.

Vdb38 lies near another dim Sharpless object, SH2-263, and Sh2-265 the three can be picked up with a large field of view of about 3x2 degrees. The objects are not very bright but record well with the Hydrogen-Alpha channel if given enough time. SH2-263 is the brighter of the three and also has a nice reflection nebula around it, which makes using the H-Alpha filter unnecessary unless you want to pick up the nearby nebula which is mostly red.

VdB 38 is the blue reflection nebula and SH-263 is a red emission