- Bright Nebulae (Cep) -

Aur (7) Cep (11) Gem (1) Per (4) Tau (6)
Cam (2) CMa (1) Mon (8) Ser (1) Tri (4)
Cas (9) Cyg (11) Ori (15) Sgr (3) Vul (2)

Ced 214 (BN)

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Image source: DSS II (red) - 80×80'
Name: Ced214, LBN581, Sh2-171
Type: BN, EN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 00h03m30.00s / +67°07'00.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 50.0x40.0'
Robert Zebahl
8" f/6, 37x + [OIII], Bortle 4
Before upcoming clouds I could see a very large, irregular brightening. Overall fairly bright, but due to the size this nebula can be easily overlooked.
EASY

HH 215 (BN)

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Image source: DSS II (blue) - 5×5'
Name: HH215, GM1-29, Gyulbudaghians Nebula
Type: BN, RN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 20h45m53.50s / +67°57'50.00"
Brightness / Size: - / -
PV Cephei is a so called Young stellar object, a star in its early stage of evolution. Associated with this star is the extremely variable reflection nebula GM1-29, a Herbig–Haro object (HH), which was invisible over several years even to larger telescopes. There seemed to be an outburst in the year 2013, so that the nebula could be seen even in smaller telescopes. I also read about some successful observations with 12". Reiner Vogel (a well known German observer) also confirmed this outburst on his webpage. A very interesting object, worthwile to visit it every year!

Robert Zebahl
8" f/6, 210x, Bortle 4
2013-09-07: I could saw this nebula as extremely faint, roundish brightening, held permanently with averted vision. Two days later I could repeat this observation, where I glimpsed the nebula for sure.

DIFFICULT
8" f/6, 150x, Bortle 4, NELM 6m1, SQM-L 21.1
2014-08-19: Faint, but fairly well visible with averted vision as small, diffuse brightening. Let's see, how the nebula will develop in the next months.

MODERATE
8" f/6, 171x, Bortle 4, NELM 6m0+, SQM-L 21.1
2014-09-28: Relatively compact, roundish brightening. Quite well seen with averted vision, but definitely not evident.

MODERATE
18" f/4.5, 205x, Bortle 4, NELM 6m0+, SQM-L 21.1
2014-09-28: Evident with averted vision, triangle-shaped (comet-like), southern end brighter and more defined, to the north fan-shaped and more diffuse, but overall quite well defined. In few moments a stellar brightening appeared at the southern end (PV Cephei?).

EASY
8" f/6, 150x, Bortle 5+, SQM-L 20.9
2015-08-15: Small, round, evenly bright nebula. Almost evident with averted vision.
MODERATE

IC 1396 (BN)

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Image source: DSS II (blue) - 90×90'
Name: IC1396
Type: BN, EN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 21h40m00.00s / +57°41'00.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 165.0x135.0'
Robert Zebahl
8" f/6, 37x + [OIII], Bortle 4+
Very large, faint, rutted. Similar to NGC7000, but much more fainter.
EASY

IC 1470 (BN)

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Image source: DSS II (blue) - 5×5'
Name: IC1470, Sh2-156
Type: BN, EN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 23h05m09.90s / +60°14'31.00"
Brightness / Size: b11m5 / 2.0x2.0'
Robert Zebahl
8" f/6, 37x + [OIII], Bortle 4 FAILED

NGC 7023 (BN)

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Image source: DSS II (red) - 18×18'
Name: NGC7023, H4.74, Iris Nebula
Type: BN, RN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 21h01m36.90s / +68°09'48.00"
Brightness / Size: 6m8 / 18.0x18.0'
Robert Zebahl
8" f/6, 37x, Bortle 4
At first glance the 7.34m bright central star appears fuzzy. A closer look shows the nebula around this star as a quite obvious halo. At higher magnification (200x) some details were seen: Towards NNW the nebula was somewhat brighter, towards SSW I could saw an extension wiht a brighter knot. Overall the nebula appears very irregular with obvious differences in brightness. The open cluster Cr427, which is charted in Cartes du Ciel, stayed hidden to me. Just around the central star there are only some few, fainter stars.

EASY
René Merting
12.5" f/4.5, 206x, SQM-L 21.5
bei 45x ist auf Anhieb zu erkennen, dass den Stern ein Hof umgibt - bei 72x ist der Irisnebel deutlicher zu erkennen und weitesten ausladend in Richtung Westen - leichte zarte Unregelmäßigkeiten erkennbar, von Struktur würde ich noch nicht sprechen wollen - bei 206x ist der Nebel noch offensichtlicher und im Westen wird eine kleine Dunkeleinbuchtung sichtbar
EASY

NGC 7129 (BN)

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Image source: DSS II (blue) - 5×5'
Name: NGC7129, LBN497, H4.75
Type: BN, RN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 21h42m56.00s / +66°06'12.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 2.7x2.7'
Robert Zebahl
8" f/6, 100x, Bortle 4+
A more fainter nebula, which is embedded in a quite small open cluster containing some moderately bright stars. The nebula appeared irregular. Evident with averted vision.
EASY

NGC 7538 (BN)

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Image source: DSS II (red) - 12×12'
Name: NGC7538, LBN542, H2.706
Type: BN, EN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 23h13m41.00s / +61°31'30.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 8.0x7.0'
Robert Zebahl
8" f/6, 37x + [OIII], Bortle 5
Quite obvious, relatively small, roundish, evenly bright. Looks like a planetary nebula.

EASY
René Merting
12.5" f/4.5, 72x + UHC, SQM-L 21.5
bei 72x und UHC zeigt sich der Nebel sehr deutlich - NGC 7538 wird zum Zentrum hin heller und läuft im Osten etwas diffuser aus - [OIII] funktioniert auch gut
EASY

Sh 2-132 (BN)

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Image source: DSS II (red) - 60×60'
Name: Sh2-132
Type: BN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 22h19m20.00s / +56°07'00.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 40.0x30.0'
Robert Zebahl
8" f/6, 37x + [OIII], Bortle 4+ FAILED

Sh 2-140 (BN)

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Image source: DSS I - 40×40'
Name: Sh2-140, LBN505
Type: BN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 22h19m07.80s / +63°17'07.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 30.0x30.0'
Robert Zebahl
12.5" f/4.5, 72x + HBeta, Bortle 4, SQM-L 21.3
There was a brightening in the region of the brightest parts of the nebula, but subsequent researches and observations have shown, that this was just an illusion due to stars.
FAILED

Sh 2-155 (BN)

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Image source: DSS II (red) - 25×25'
Name: Sh2-155, LBN529, Cave Nebula
Type: BN, EN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 22h57m15.00s / +62°35'00.00"
Brightness / Size: 7m7 / 15.0x10.0'
Robert Zebahl
8" f/6, 37x + [OIII], Bortle 4 FAILED

vdB 143 (BN)

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Image source: DSS I - 5×5'
Name: vdB143
Type: BN, RN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 21h36m57.00s / +68°11'07.00"
Brightness / Size: - / -
Robert Zebahl
8" f/6, 100x, Bortle 4+
Directly around the 8.28m bright central star the nebula appeared as a faint glow. To the west (?) I could see a slightly curved extension.
MODERATE