NGC 6946 - Galaxy in Cepheus

NGC 6946 is a broad but dim face-on spiral galaxy located approximately 22 million light years away. It is commonly know as the "Fireworks Galaxy" due to its high rate of star birth (and death).  
Telescope: Vixen VC200L @f/9
Camera: Modified Canon T4i (650D); ISO 3200; Raw capture
Mount: Losmandy G-11
Guiding: Orion SSAG on Lumicon 50mm super finder.

4 hrs. 20 min. total exposure (52 @ 5 min.)


Images were focused using the camera's Live View function. Subframes were aligned and combined in ImagesPlus. The combined image was adjusted in Photoshop (Levels, Curves, Shadow/Highlights, Cropping). Noise was reduced using Topaz DeNoise.


This was first light for my new Vixen scope. Taken over three nights (9/7/12, 9/8/12, 9/9/12) from my backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota. Seeing was good. Temp: 50 F

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