Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Cepheus (Cep)  ·  Contains:  Fireworks Galaxy  ·  NGC 6946  ·  NGC6946
Getting plate-solving status, please wait...
NGC 6946 - The Fireworks Galaxy, 


            Matt Harbison
Powered byPixInsight

NGC 6946 - The Fireworks Galaxy

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron 11" EdgeHD C11HD

Imaging cameras: QHY168C

Mounts: Astro-Physics 1100 GTO

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Celestron 11" EdgeHD C11HD

Guiding cameras: QHYCCD QHY 174m Cooled

Focal reducers: Celestron Edge f7 Focal Reducer Edge .7 Reducer

Software: PixInsight  ·  Adobe Photoshop photoshop PS  ·  Sequence Generator Pro  ·  Adobe Lightroom LR

Accessory: QHY Med OAG QHYOAG-M  ·  Moonlite Crayford Focuser with motor

Dates:July 22, 2020

Frames: 80x180"

Integration: 4.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 1.90 days

Avg. Moon phase: 4.04%

Astrometry.net job: 3724317

RA center: 20h 34' 47"

DEC center: +60° 8' 48"

Pixel scale: 1.089 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -0.097 degrees

Field radius: 0.363 degrees

Resolution: 2000x1328

Locations: Marathon Motel, Marathon Motel, TX, United States

Data source: Traveller


Captured at the Marathon Sky Park on Pad # 2

From my recent trip to Marathon to maintain and service my remote telescope in MaRIO. This image was taken on my "portable" rig from the Sky Park. The wind was problematic for the Edge 11 the first couple of nights, but finally settled enough to allow for this elusive galaxy (for me, anyway) as past attempts had resulted in failure because of weather and seeing.

Given the number of issues we faced in the week, I'm happy enough with it. :)


Sky plot

Sky plot


NGC 6946 - The Fireworks Galaxy, 


            Matt Harbison