Mazerski thank you for the Sharpless Observing Guide link, I had not seen that before. Wasn't long ago that I had essentially zero familiarity with Sharpless objects, and now with NV I'm starting to observe so many of them!
So I was out observing last night, and happened to spend some time in this vicinity using camera lenses, so pretty low power. Starting from the huge nebulous region of IC 1396 (easy to view but requires low power) just south of the base of Cepheus, I worked my way later in RA along a large arc and easily made out the following 6 objects strung along the arc, in order they were:
1) IC 1396 (contains Elephant Trunk) just S of Herschel's Garnet Star at base of Cepheus figure.
2) Lion Nebula (Sh2-132) just S of bottom corner of Cepheus figure.
3) Wizard Nebula (Sh2-142).
4) Lobster Claw a.k.a Californietto Nebula (Sh2-157). (Could this large area comprise your Blobs 2, 3, 4??) (Also open cluster NGC 7510 is nearby.)
5) Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635).
6) NGC 7538. (Your Blob 1.) (NGC 7538 needs a name, so many other of these nebulae have a name!)
I followed this arc back and forth with three different camera lenses, I was mesmerized by this arc, couldn't get enough of it! Once I knew how the arc went, it was pretty easy to follow even with my highest power camera lens.
Such a busy and cool part of the sky!
I also looked for any more nebulae along or near this arc, and though I see a few more fainter nebulae plotted on the atlas, these 6 are the only ones I could make out. I was using a 6.5nm filter under city skies (Bortle 6 according to Clear Outside app).
My go-to atlas with NV is Interstellarium Deep Sky Atlas. I have The Astrophotography Sky Atlas also, it's great but I don't really need it any more since I took a pen and wrote onto my Interstellarium any names and such that were in Astrophotography Sky Atlas but not in Interstellarium. So my marked up Interstellarium is a superset now!
Edited by Mort H, 29 September 2021 - 03:44 PM.