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Jeff Reitzel

Location of Photo:

Chubbuck, Idaho USA

Date/Time of photo:

Oct 2023


Stellarvue SVX102T, QHY268M, Astronomik narrowband filters


Sharpless 2-119, known as The Clamshell Nebula, is a large complex of emission nebulosity located approximately 2200 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus. It is often overlooked being just a few degrees east of the more famous North American Nebula (NGC 7000). The bright star near the center, 68 Cygni, is one of the primary stars responsible for ionizing this large complex. This beautiful area is full of bright patches and dark lanes each with their own LBN and LDN designations. It also contains a small planetary nebula, PK87-3.1, just below and to the left of 68 Cygni.