VdB 15 is an elongated reflection nebula in Camelopardalis, extending for about 0.8 degree. VdB 15 is illuminated by the supergiant star HD 21291 (B9 Ia) at a distance of 3,000 light years – an area of new star formation. VdB 15 is classified as a reflection nebula. However, there is a strong red component in the cloud structure and as a result, the object has a pink hue. This could possibly be from extended red emission from H-a emitting stars in the general vicinity, similar to IC59 and IC63. At the lower left-hand corner there appears to be small unnamed emission nebula.
Telescope: 16″ f3.75 Dream Scope
Camera: FLI ML16803
Mount: ASA DDM85
Exposure: 7 hours (36x300s L + 3x16x300s RGB)
Date: August – September 2020
Location: Southern Alps, France