Also known as IC 11, or Sh2-184, and is occasionally referred to as the Pacman nebula due to its resemblance to the Pacman game's main character. The surrounding gas and dust is ionized by the open cluster IC 1590 which gives it a reddish glow. Several darker clumps can be seen which are called Bok globules. NGC 281 lies some 9500 light years away in the constellation of Cassiopeia. It was first noted by E. E. Barnard.
The image was taken with the EDCFT 80 mm refractor and the mono version of the ZWO 1600 camera. Images wee from Ha filter to bring out the red glow, and R/G/B filters for the normal colors.