NGC 7031 - Open Cluster in Cygnus

NGC 7031 is an open star cluster lying 2900 light years away in the constellation of Cygnus. It was discovered by William Herschel in 1788. Being located in a rich area of the Milky Way, several bright and dark nebulae are visible in the image field. Some descriptions list this cluster as only containing 10 stars.


152mm APM refractor

Camera: Modified Canon 650D; raw capture; ISO 3200
Mount: iOptron CEM 60
Guiding: Orion SSAG Pro on 50mm Stellarvue finder scope

32 @ 5 min.


Images were focused using the camera's live view and a Bahtinov mask. They were converted in Camera Rawl and were aligned and combined in ImagesPlus. The final image was adjusted in Photoshop. Topaz DeNoise were applied.


Taken from my backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota on July 28-29, 2017.

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