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Contains:  NGC 6914, NGC 6910
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NGC 6914 (vdB131 and vdB132) and the surrounding nebula (LBN 292)

Technical card

Resolution: 4491x3395

Dates:Sept. 20, 2019Sept. 21, 2019Sept. 22, 2019Sept. 23, 2019Sept. 24, 2019Sept. 25, 2019

Astrodon B Gen 2 E-series 31mm: 30x60" (gain: 139.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon G Gen 2 E-series 31mm: 30x60" (gain: 139.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon Ha 3nm-31mm: 248x180" (gain: 139.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon OIII 3nm-31mm: 67x180" (gain: 130.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon R Gen 2 E-series 31mm: 30x60" (gain: 139.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon SII 3nm-31mm: 71x180" (gain: 139.00) -15C bin 1x1

Integration: 20.8 hours

Darks: ~30

Bias: ~50

Avg. Moon age: 23.10 days

Avg. Moon phase: 40.64%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.00 job: 2949173

RA center: 306.247 degrees

DEC center: 42.242 degrees

Pixel scale: 2.300 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 119.005 degrees

Field radius: 1.799 degrees

Locations: Monterey Pines Observatory, Monterey, California, United States

Data source: Backyard


This wide field image shows a large nebular complex, LBN 292, in the constellation Cygnus. It is composed primarily of hydrogen and dust, carved and folded by the energy of the nearby stars. At the center of the image are two reflection nebulas, vdB131 and vdB132. Together these two nebula are cataloged NGC 6914.

I was fortunate to have six sequential days of clear nights. Unfortunately, I also experienced a sequence of equipment failures, including the intermittent loss of the TEC cooling for the camera. Five to six hour acquisition sessions resulted in only 2 or so hours of useable light subs on most nights. All in all, however, I was able to collect more than 20 hours of data to create this image. This version is SHO with RGB stars. I will posting alternative processing of these data in the future.



Gary Lopez
License: None (All rights reserved)



Cleanup a bit of color noise


Lightened the central area (it was a bit muddy)


Lightened the values of the cool colors to pop open the middle of the image

Sky plot

Sky plot


NGC 6914 (vdB131 and vdB132) and the surrounding nebula (LBN 292), 


            Gary Lopez