Nebulae - Barry Wilson
IC5146 Sh2-125 The Cocoon Nebula and Barnard 168

IC5146 Sh2-125 The Cocoon Nebula and Barnard 168

IC 5146 (also Caldwell 19, Sh 2-125, and the Cocoon Nebula) is a reflection and emission nebula and Caldwell object in the constellation Cygnus. The NGC description refers to IC 5146 as a cluster of 9.5 mag stars involved in a bright and dark nebula. The cluster is also known as Collinder 470. It shines at magnitude +10.0[4]/+9.3[2]/+7.2. Its celestial coordinates are RA 21h 53.5m, dec+47° 16′. It is located near the naked-eye star Pi Cygni, the open cluster NGC 7209 in Lacerta, and the bright open cluster M39. The cluster is about 4,000 ly away, and the central star that lights it formed about 100,000 years ago; the nebula is about 12 arcmins across, which is equivalent to a span of 15 light years.

When viewing IC 5146, dark nebula Barnard 168 (B168) is an inseparable part of the experience, forming a dark lane that surrounds the cluster and projects westward forming the appearance of a trail behind the Cocoon (Wikipedia).

HaRGB composition, total integration 8.3hrs, August 2015. Takahashi FSQ85 EDX at F3.9 - Avalon LInear Fast Reverse - QSI683-wsg - Astrodon LRGB & 5nm NB filters.

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