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Contains:  NGC 6946, NGC 6939
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NGC 6946 - the fireworks galaxy, 


NGC 6946 - the fireworks galaxy

NGC 6946 - the fireworks galaxy

Technical card

Resolution: 5208x3476 job: 2099522

RA center: 308.399 degrees

DEC center: 60.145 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.101 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 259.827 degrees

Field radius: 0.957 degrees

Data source: Unknown


I am really pleased with this image because it was such a fight to get it. I managed 34 subs at 5 minutes long each, but had to throw away quite a few because my guiding cable got ever so slightly trapped between the clutch and main part of the mount, creating a dragging effect on the guiding, and thus creating elongated shaped stars! How it got in there I do not know! I used my DSLR and 8" refractor for this.

Indeed, the stars are not quite right now, if you look closely, but I think I have just about got away with it. I am also pleased to have included the open cluster nearby, which is what I hoped for. It was so light last night too, so all in all I feel this is a bit of an achievement.



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NGC 6946 - the fireworks galaxy,