LBN 552 and LDN 1228 dark nebulae in Cepheus. The dark nebulas are very faint and part of a larger dark molecular complex.

The image is a result of two-panels mosaic composed of L 413x60s and R/G/B 130x60s for a total of 9hrs of integration each panel

High resolution here

Processing details


  • Calibration, weighting, alignment, integration (drizzle integration vark 1.5), crop, Integer downsample 2x
  • ABE
  • ImageSolve, MosaicbyCoordinates, dnaLinearFit, GradientMergeMosaic


  • EzDenoise
  • HT stretch
  • EZStarReduction
  • Enhance nebulosity
  • LHE


  • EzDenoise
  • ChannelCombination
  • Arcinh + HT stretch
  • LRGB combination with LUM


  • Enhanced saturation and contrast
  • various curves, contrast and color adjustments with masks

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