Location of Photo:
Sekoulas - Ileia - Greece
Date/Time of photo:
Optics: Vixen ED81s @ f/5.2 Mount: Skywatcher HEQ5 Synscan Pro (belt mod) Guiding: ST-237 guide chip of SBIG ST2000XM Camera: SBIG ST2000XM Filter Wheel: SBIG CFW9 Filters: Ha,L,R,G,B CCD Temperature: 0 degrees Celsius Constellation: Cygnus Date: July 06-07, 2020 Location: Sekoulas - Ileia - Greece - Albireo Observatory 2 Exposure: L=8x900 min bin 1x1 R=6x600 min bin 1x1 G=6x600 min bin 1x1 B=6x600 min bin 1x1 Ha=3x1200 min bin 1x1 Calibration: Darks, Flats, Bias
Supergiant star Gamma Cygni lies at the center of the Northern Cross, famous asterism in the constellation Cygnus the Swan. Known by its proper name, Sadr, the bright star lies at the bottom of this gorgeous skyscape, featuring a complex of stars, dust clouds, and glowing nebulae along the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. The field of view spans almost 4 degrees (eight Full Moons) on the sky and includes emission nebula IC 1318 and open star cluster NGC 6910. Left of Gamma Cygni and shaped like two glowing cosmic wings divided by a long dark dust lane, IC 1318's popular name is understandably the Butterfly Nebula. Above and left of Gamma Cygni, are the young, still tightly grouped stars of NGC 6910. Some distance estimates for Gamma Cygni place it at around 1,800 light-years while estimates for IC 1318 and NGC 6910 range from 2,000 to 5,000 light-years.