Cygnus

The Constellation Cygnus
The Constellation Cygnus. Click on the picture for a larger view.

The constellation Cygnus, also known as the Northern Cross was my first ever astrophotography target.  This image, taken last night and processed today, beats the tar out of what I spent most of a summer collecting and processing 5 or 6 years ago.  Cygnus lies in the dark dust clouds and bright field of stars of the Milky Way Galaxy.

This image is a combination of 37 images of 300 seconds each, taken at f/4 and ISO 1600 with the 35mm lens.  The pinkish squiggle near center bottom of the frame is the very difficult to shoot Veil Nebula.  Easily seen at left center edge are the North America and Pelican Nebulae.  At this resolution, if I lean my head to the left, I can kind of make out the Pelican shape.

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