Starfield in Cygnus

Gamma Cygni Nebula
All Images Copyright Steve Cannistra

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Please click here for a vertical orientation (small).
Please click here for a vertical orientation (large).
Here is a wider FOV image taken on 4/21/07 with the STL11K/FSQ-106

Magnitude:  ?
Size: about 45'
Distance: 1,550 light years
RA: 20h 25m 32s
Dec: 40 degrees 18' 55"

The region around the star Sadr, also known as Gamma Cygni, is full of emission nebulosity (designated IC 1318B).  IC 1318B is located within the constellation Cygnus and is close to other famous landmarks along the summer Milky Way, like the Pelican and North American Nebulae, the Crescent Nebula, and the Bubble.  This area is very rich in stars, hydrogen emission, and bands of opaque dust.  Feel free to check out the links to the vertical orientation listed above.

Photographic Details:

Date:  October 7, 2006
Scope:  Takahashi FS102 at f6, on the G11 Losmandy Mount.
Autoguider:  SBIG STV with e-finder.
Camera:  FLI Maxcam CM10
Astronomik 6nm Ha filter.
Exposures:  27 x 10' Ha, unbinned (total 4.5 hour exposure).
Conditions:  Temperature 65 down to 45 degrees F during session; above average transparency; average seeing; lots of dew.
Debloomed with Ron Wodaski's Debloomer software, followed by calibration and alignment in Maxim.  Sigma combined using RC Sigma Reject MaximDL, followed by DDP in ImagesPlus (IP).  Further processing in Photoshop CS (16 bit format).

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