The "Loch Ness Dark Nebula"
LDN 768
Several LDNs and LBNs (LBN 133 & 134, LDN 768, 769, 772, 773, 774, 775, 779) in the constellation Vulpecula form the dark nebula structures that stand out against a carpet of stars and resemble the shape of the "Monster of Loch Ness". Additionally, there are two beautiful reflection nebulae in the area. This object was the perfect target for a moonless, short summer night, combined with the RASA 8 telescope at f/2.

During the editing process, I tried to bring out the delicate structures in the dark nebulae, avoiding creating a nearly completely black area. Moreover, I aimed to preserve and enhance the color variety not only among the larger stars but also among the countless smaller ones to achieve greater depth.

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Image Details
Date
July 18, 2023
LOCATion
Hannover (Germany)
Sky Quality
Bortle 5
Telescope
Celestron RASA 8 (203/400 f/2)
Mount
Skywatcher EQ6-R Pro
Main Camera
ZWO ASI 2600 MC Pro
Gain 100, Offset 18, -10°
Focuser
Celestron Motorfocus
Filter
Baader UV/IR-Cut Filter
Exposure
RGB: 190 x 60" (3h 10')
Guiding
ZWO ASI 120MM, PHD2
Calibration
Flats, Darks, Darkflats
Software
N.I.N.A., EQMod
Other
Artesky Filter Holder
Processing
Astropixelprocessor, Photoshop, Pixinsight
  
  
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