This is a faint nebula called Sharpless 2-60. In some catalogs it is known as RCW 173, LBN 82, and W 42. It is illumonated by a bright star within the nebula. The area has many dust clouds, which can be seen to the lower right of the nebula and some vertical dark shadows just off to the left. This is a 6 hour exposure over three nights, Auguest 4-6, 2014 under less than transparent skies and some interfering moonlight which makes the color processing a challenge. This is an LRGB image, with h-alpha blended into the red channel to further bring out the nebula. Click on the image for a larger view.

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