Gamma Cygni Region

Bright super­gi­ant star Gamma Cygni near image cen­ter lies in the fore­ground of the com­plex gas and dust clouds and crowded star fields. Left of Gamma Cygni, shaped like two lumin­ous wings divided by a long dark dust lane is IC 1318, whose pop­u­lar name is under­stand­ably the But­ter­fly Neb­ula. The more com­pact, bright neb­ula at the lower right is NGC 6888, the Cres­cent Neb­ula. Some dis­tance estim­ates for Gamma Cygni place it at around 750 light-years while estim­ates for IC 1318 and NGC 6888 range from 2,000 to 5,000 light-years.

This two-pan­el mosa­ic rep­res­ents a region of about 6°x3° of the North­ern sum­mer Milky­way. North is up in this deep exposed Ha image.

[from Daniel’s APOD on Octo­ber 27th 2009]


Taka­hashi FSQ-106EDX III
Andor CG16M
Astro­don Gen2
Ha 1600 min.
ROSA Remote Obser­vat­or­ies South­ern Alps
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

Find­er Chart Gamma Cygni Region

Gamma Cygni Region Sky Chart - Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

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About Me

Hello, my name is Martin Rusterholz. I’m a Swiss amateur astrophotographer living near Zurich, the biggest town in Switzerland. My interest in astronomy started when I was 16. At that time, I built my first Newtonian telescope and mount. I studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) which was the only study including at least some aspects of astronomy and astrophysics. “Looking at the nights sky is an experience touching everybody deeply inside, something common to all human beings independent to the language spoken by the individuals”. Deep-sky astrophotography is my passion.