Cygnus - Straight Up Milkyway Field in the Fall

Uploaded 9/16/07

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 Taken with a moderately wide angle lens, the summer Milkyway that passes through our zenith is nearly as exciting as the core of the galaxy itself further south. This image is centered on Cygnus, and on the left is Cepheus, and on the right edge is Aquilla. You can also see Delphinus on the lower right, and top center is Lyra.

The dark central dust lane running through the center of the band of the Milkyway is tinted yellows and browns as they dim and modify the colors of the stars behind them. Numerous patches of hydrogen in our Galaxy appear as pink glows, the North American nebula just left of center, and the large round patch on the left is IC1396 in Cepheus. The very center of this field contains Gamma Cygni and its associated red nebulosities as well, much smaller and fragmented.

Lens: Canon 17 - 40 mm L at f/4 Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 (Piggyback on 12.5") Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO400 Exposure: 12 x 10m Filters: UV/Lumicon Ha Pass Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 9/10 Outside Temperature: 60F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Maxim DSLR HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS