The illuminating and creating star is listed as a variable but photometric data in one paper found only a very tiny fluctuation in its brightness over the years so while it varies it is barely noticeable. The star itself is hidden by the dust and gas around it though it can be seen in IR light according to one paper which had a picture showing just the star and no hint of nebulosity. If you look very closely at my image it appears there is a bit of faint nebulosity to the northeast and north northwest. It would take a lot of hours to bring that out at my image scale. Except for that it appears there may be dark dust not illuminated by the star around the nebula as it sits in a slightly dark hole in the stars. Some of the lack of stars matches where the faint nebulosity is in my image. WISE shows a red circular blob that is centered on the star not the nebula or the dark cloud that I see. http://irsa.ipac.cal..._wise_1&proj... Enter Parsamian 21 in the search box and hit search. Click on the Multi-color tab above the IRAS image. The circle in all images is centered on the illuminating star according to their position cursor. The longer the wavelength the larger the blob and the cooler the dust it is seeing.
I imaged this one at 0.5" per pixel some of the same nights as NGC 206 accepting some additional loss of resolution and transparency . The full image is well over 2 megabytes in size so I cropped it to smaller sizes. Seeing had deteriorated a bit, partly because this object is lower in the sky than NGC 206. The professional images I found on the net show it bluer than either Jim or I saw it. I can't explain the difference.
14" LX200R @ f/10, L=6x10'x1 RGB=2x10'x2, STL-11000XM, Paramount ME
Cropped to 3500x2500 pixels at 0.5" per pixel
Cropped to one quarter frame, 2004x1336 pixels at 0.5" per pixel
Attached cropped to 800x800 and reduced a bit in compression to meet the 200K size limit.