NGC 6914 - Reflection nebula in Cygnus

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NGC 6914 is a complex of reflection nebulae lying 6000 light years away in the constellation of Cygnus. Embeded within this nebula are Cygnus OB2 stars that ionize hydrogen gas as well as reflect blue light within a nearby dust cloud.

This nebula has been catagoried as two separate nebulae in the van den Bergh catalog: vdB 131 and vdB 132.


152mm TMB/LZOS f/8 refractor

Camera: Modified Canon 650D; ISO 1600; raw capture
Mount: iOptron CEM 60
Guiding: Orion SSAG Pro on 300mm f/5.5 lens

20 @ 5 min.


Telescope was focused using the camera's live view and Bahtinov mask. Raw frames were converted in Photoshop using Camera Raw. Subframes were aligned and combined in ImagesPlus. The final image was adjusted in Photoshop. Topaz Detail and DeNoise were applied.


Taken from my backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota on 8/22-23/16. Temp: 60 F. Seeing was average.

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