NGC 6946 & NGC 6939

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Location / Date

Zellerndorf, 12. - 17. July 2013

Telescope / Mount / Guiding

ASA 10" Astrograph, ASA 3" Wynne Corrector
ASA DDM60, no Guiding

Camera / Exposure

Canon EOS 500Da
51 x 10min ISO 400 (total 8h 30min)


Theli, Fitswork, PixInsight, Photoshop


NGC 6946, (also known as the Fireworks Galaxy), is an intermediate spiral galaxy about 22.5 million light-years away, in the constellations Cepheus and Cygnus. NGC 6946 is highly obscured by interstellar matter of the Milky Way galaxy, as it is quite close to the galactic plane.

NGC 6939 is an open cluster and is located 4,000 light-years from our solar system, while NGC 6946 is at a distance of 10 million light-years.

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