The Cygnus Milky Way Long exposure with wide angle vista

Uploaded 6/20/10

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 The number of deep sky objects in this image is staggering. Centered on Gamma Cygni, this huge field spans from Cepheus on the left, to Aquilla on the right. The brilliant summer Milky Way crosses the center of this image, and the dark dust lane runs down its center. Clearly seen are the large red nebulosities such as IC1396 on the left, the North American Nebula just left of center, Gamma Cygni nebulosities middle and the deep yellowing of the galactic stars on the right edge from dust extinction. The bright star at top is Vega, in Lyra.

This is the longest integration Ive done so far of Cygnus, running nearly 3 1/2 hours in length. It was started just as the field cleared the trees near the horizon and ended as the first glows of twilight came in the morning.

Optics: Canon 17mm f/4 Platform: Televue GEM Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO800 Exposure: 41 x 5m = 3h 25m Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 6/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 73 - 53F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Images Plus 3.82 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS