LBN 437 – a two Panel Mosaic of the Gecko Nebula

The light brown molecular cloud is LBN 437, in the constellation Lacerta at a distance of about 1,200 light years. The red emission nebula is the northern portion of the much larger Sh2-126. The densest part of LBN 437 (right-center) is associated with some bright young stars, among which the variable star V375 Lacertae, which is an Herbig object, with strong Hα-emission. This star is also responsible for the excitation of some bipolar Herbig-Haro-Objects situated in the nebula. Unfortunately, the data are confusing and the objects appear to be overlapping.

LBN 437 – the Gecko Nebula

Telescope: 16″ f3.75 Dream Scope
Camera: FLI ML16803
Mount: ASA DDM85
Exposure: 19 hours, 2 panels- 2x (32x300s Ha + 44x300s L + 3x12x300s RGB)
Date: August 2019
Location: Southern Alps, France


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