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]

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Taka­hashi FSQ-106EDX III
ASA DDM85
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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