Gamma Cygni Nebula in Cygnus 13 June 2012

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Believe it or not we got a clear night down here a couple of days ago. Just two hours before the clouds rolled in again at 2am, but enough time to do 40 x 2 minute subs on this thing. First widefield of the season :) A little overcooked but I'll give it more time if the clouds ever go away. Nice to see the Crescent - more by chance than design :)

As always in this region - too many blasted stars! ;)

Nikon D70 modded, 55-200 Nikkor at 200mm (cropped) , f5.6, 1600iso, Baader Neodymium filter.
40x120sec subs for a total of 1hr 20mins, unguided EQ5
Darks, flats and bias
Stacked and processed in DSS and CS5


che2525, Saraah., and 11 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. b.leo 23 months ago | reply

    what a beauty! congratulations!

  2. 23 months ago | reply

    Hello, this is the blind astrometry solver. Your results are:
    (RA, Dec) center:(305.210797102, 40.2755964127) degrees
    (RA, Dec) center (H:M:S, D:M:S):(20:20:50.591, +40:16:32.147)
    Orientation:86.64 deg E of N

    Pixel scale:16.03 arcsec/pixel

    Parity:Reverse ("Left-handed")
    Field size :5.34 x 4.14 degrees

    Your field contains:
    The star 34Cyg
    The star Sadr (γCyg)
    The star 40Cyg
    IC 1311
    NGC 6888 / Crescent nebula
    IC 4996
    IC 1318 / gamma Cyg nebula
    NGC 6910
    NGC 6913 / M 29
    NGC 6914

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    If you would like to have other images solved, please submit them to the astrometry group.

  3. kappacygni 23 months ago | reply

    Well done at sneaking this one in between the clouds and rain Doug ! Lovely widefield. Framing couldn't have come out much better either and you got pretty good control on those stars.

  4. BudgetAstro 23 months ago | reply

    Cheers Ken. Damn stars. My camera and lens don't like stars. I don't like stars. Stars should be banned - they just make a mess of things :)

  5. astrochuck 23 months ago | reply

    Very nice Doug. We should invent a "no star at all" filter.

  6. BudgetAstro 23 months ago | reply

    Cheers Chuck. Already got one of those - I use it when I take my darks ;)

  7. Marq05 (Denis) 22 months ago | reply

    Beautiful wide field Doug !!!
    There are many things which the crescent as a bonus.

  8. BudgetAstro 22 months ago | reply

    Thanks Denis :) I'll give this more time when the weather permits - looks a little forced to me
    Sorry Leo - I didn't respond to your kind comment. Thanks :)

  9. Jimmie Nikon 22 months ago | reply

    Absolutely beautiful. You make it look so easy.

  10. BudgetAstro 22 months ago | reply

    Cheers Jim :) Easy it ain't mate ;)

  11. hirojifukui 22 months ago | reply

    Wow!. Great capture. I'm wondering how you can take your great shot without guiding.

  12. BudgetAstro 22 months ago | reply

    Thanks Hiroji. Done with a 200mm lens, so a relatively short focal length. Tracking is easier like that :)

  13. BudgetAstro 21 months ago | reply

    Thanks Jose :)

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