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Cygnus Deep Sky Project


ArmyAirForce
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Last year, while pondering what targets I should shoot, I decided to let my 18-55mm lens choose for me, and shot a widefield image of the body and wings of the swan. Looking closely at that image, I spotted a number of tiny clusters ( yellow ) and the locations of nebulae ( green ), and decided I would try and visit each with the scope to get a close up image. The final idea was to click on a cluster in the widefield view and see the close up version. Here's a thumbnail of the widefield shot which should open into the large version if clicked ( I hope! ).

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It wasn't until December last year that I got a guide camera and was able to start doing longer exposures, so progress last year was slow, but over the last few days, I managed to get seven ov the clusters in the image. Here they are along with other objects collected last year.

M29 - 10 x 3 minute guided exposures, ISO 400, on 10-06-13

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NGC 6811 - Open Cluster, 30 minutes of exposure in 1 ( x15 ) and 3 ( x5 ) minute subs, ISO 400, on 09-08-13

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NGC 6826 Blinking Planetary Nebula, unguided, taken some time last year, unknown exposure length.

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Continued.....

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All the images are taken from my heavily light polluted garden in Washington.

NGC 6866 - Open Cluster, 21 minutes of 3 minute exposures, ISO 400, on 09-08-13.

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NGC 6871 - Open Cluster, 24 minutes of exposure in 3 minute subs, ISO 400, on 12-08-13.

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NGC 6883 - Open Cluster, 24 minutes of exposure in 3 minute subs, ISO 400, on 12-08-13.

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NGC 6888 - The Crescent Nebula, 70 minutes in guided 5 minute subs, ISO 400 on 19-04-13

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continued.....

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NGC 6910 - Open Cluster, 24 minutes of 3 minute exposures, ISO 400, on 12-08-13

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NGC 6997 - Open Cluster, 24 minutes of 3 minute exposures, ISO 400, on 12-08-13

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NGC 7039 - Open Cluster, 27 minutes of 3 minute exposures, ISO 400, on 12-08-13

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That's it so far!

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