Messier 29 – Open Cluster in Cygnus

  • Description: - This is a wide field view of Messier 29, aka NGC6913, an Open Cluster in Cygnus. It is the grouping of about 7 bright stars plus several smaller ones located in the middle left of the image. A nice little open cluster at 7.1 magnitude and 7.0 arc minutes in size. Estimated to be very young at 13My and close at 5.2kly (1.6 kpc) away. I imaged this in wide field to capture how it sits in the very Ha gas and dust rich region nead Sadr in Cygnus portion of our Milky Way. The brightness in the bottom right corner is from P.Cygnus which is just out of the frame.

  • Camera: SBIG STT-8300M @ -35C Sensor Temperature

  • Filter: Baader RGB

  • Scope: Astro-Physics 92 Stowaway with 92FF yielding 644mm focal length at f/7

  • Guiding: SBIG FW8G

  • Exposure: 4 x 10 minutes each colour of Green and Blue and 5 x 10 minutes for Red for 130 minutes total exposure time. Skies clouded over preventing further exposures.

  • Location: near Cayley, Alberta under Bortle 4 skies (21.08mpsas towards target)

  • Date: 2023-10-08, at +11C and 66%Rh

  • Processed in PixInsight with RCAstro tools and SPCC.

Abell 69 – Small Planetary Nebula in Cygnus

  • Description: - In the middle right of the above image of the M29 Wide Field view, you can just make out a small planetary nebula red ring, highlighted in the above cropped image. This is known at Abell 69, PN A66 69, and PN G076.3+01.1, depending upon the catalogue. It is a miniature version, or rather same kind, as M57 The Ring Nebula.


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