LDN1235 – The Shark Nebula

LDN 1235 is known as the Shark or Dark Wolf Nebula (whichever is your favorite!). The Shark nebula is a faint cloud of interstellar gas and dust in the constellation Cepheus. The image spans about halfof its actual length of about 15 light years. Within this dust cloud are several other objects. The darker dusty area to the top left is LDN 1235, the densest part of this dust cloud. The bright blue reflection nebula on the top of the image is VdB 150 and the bottom blue reflection nebula is VdB 149. Both these beautiful reflection nebula shine with the color of very hot B8IV stars within these parts of the nebula. This dusty cloud is approximately 650 light years distant. This is a reprocessed image with data from 2017 (as my processing techniques have evolved).



Telescope: 16″ f3.75 Dream Scope
Camera: FLI ML16803
Mount: ASA DDM85
Exposure: 11.5 hours (62x300s L +  3x27x300s RGB)
Acquisition: July 2017 – Processing: September 2022
Location: Southern Alps, France

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