NGC 6866 - Open Cluster in Cygnus



NGC 6866 is an open star cluster that lies approximately 3900 light years in the constellation of Cygnus, the swan. It was discovered by Carolyn Hershel in 1786. It contains about 100 stars and is surrounded by much nebulosity. It sometimes referred to as the Kite Cluster.


Telescope: Takahashi TOA-130NFB refractor
Camera: Modified Canon 650D (T4i); ISO 1600
Mount:  iOptron CEM60
Guiding: QHY 5L-II on 60mm guide scope
Exposures: 24 @ 5min.
Notes:  Images were focused using the camera's live view and a Bahtinov mask. Exposures were captured, aligned and combined in ImagesPlus. The final was adjusted in Photoshop.
Taken from my backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota on 7/2-3/21.
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