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- Bright Nebulas (Cep) -

Aur (7) Cep (10) Gem (1) Per (4) Tau (6)
Cam (2) CMa (1) Mon (3) Ser (1) Tri (4)
Cas (8) Cyg (11) Ori (14) Sgr (2) Vul (2)

Ced214 (BN)

DSS
© DSS II (red) - 80×80'
Name: Ced214, LBN581, Sh2-171
Type: BN, EN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 00h03m30.00s / +67°07'00.0"
Brightness / Size: - / 50.0×40.0'
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

HH215 (BN)

DSS
© DSS II (blue) - 5×5'
Name: HH215, GM1-29, Gyulbudaghians Nebula
Type: BN, RN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 20h45m53.50s / +67°57'50.0"
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!

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 6.1, 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 6.0+, 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 6.0+, 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

IC1396 (BN)

DSS
© DSS II (blue) - 90×90'
Name: IC1396
Type: BN, EN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 21h40m00.00s / +57°41'00.0"
Brightness / Size: - / 165.0×135.0'
8" f/6, 37x + [OIII], Bortle 4+
Very large, faint, rutted. Similar to NGC7000, but much more fainter.
EASY

IC1470 (BN)

DSS
© DSS II (blue) - 5×5'
Name: IC1470, Sh2-156
Type: BN, EN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 23h05m09.90s / +60°14'31.0"
Brightness / Size: b11.5 mag / 2.0×2.0'
8" f/6, 37x + [OIII], Bortle 4 FAILED

NGC7023 (BN)

DSS
© DSS II (red) - 18×18'
Name: NGC7023, H4.74, Iris Nebula
Type: BN, RN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 21h01m36.90s / +68°09'48.0"
Brightness / Size: v6.8 mag / 18.0×18.0'
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

NGC7129 (BN)

DSS
© DSS II (blue) - 5×5'
Name: NGC7129, LBN497, H4.75
Type: BN, RN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 21h42m56.00s / +66°06'12.0"
Brightness / Size: - / 2.7×2.7'
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

NGC7538 (BN)

DSS
© DSS II (red) - 12×12'
Name: NGC7538, LBN542, H2.706
Type: BN, EN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 23h13m41.00s / +61°31'30.0"
Brightness / Size: - / 8.0×7.0'
8" f/6, 37x + [OIII], Bortle 5
Quite obvious, relatively small, roundish, evenly bright. Looks like a planetary nebula.
EASY

Sh2-132 (BN)

DSS
© DSS II (red) - 60×60'
Name: Sh2-132
Type: BN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 22h19m20.00s / +56°07'00.0"
Brightness / Size: - / 40.0×30.0'
8" f/6, 37x + [OIII], Bortle 4+ FAILED

Sh2-155 (BN)

DSS
© DSS II (red) - 25×25'
Name: Sh2-155, LBN529, Cave Nebula
Type: BN, EN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 22h57m15.00s / +62°35'00.0"
Brightness / Size: v7.7 mag / 15.0×10.0'
8" f/6, 37x + [OIII], Bortle 4 FAILED

vdB143 (BN)

DSS
© DSS I - 5×5'
Name: vdB143
Type: BN, RN
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 21h36m57.00s / +68°11'07.0"
Brightness / Size: - / -
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