VdB 15 – A Reflection Nebula in Camelopardalis

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.

VdB 15

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

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