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NGC 6946


 

Object:

NGC 6946: Fireworks Galaxy in Cygnus

RA = 20h 34min ; Dec = +60 deg 09 min

Date & Site:

Imaged on 10/01/16; Palomar Mountain, CA

Conditions: 60 degrees; calm; excellent seeing

Equipment:

Telescope: DSI RC10c

Mount: AP 1100 GOTO CP3
Camera: ST-10XME; CFW10; Astrodon Gen II LRGB filters; Hutech OAG-5 guider

 

Notes:

Exposures: 2 hrs of Lum and 40 min each RGB (10 minute subs) for a total of 4 hours.

NGC 6946 is a face-on spiral galaxy located on the border between Cepheus and Cygnus. Named the Fireworks Galaxy because of the many supernovae (n=9) that have occurred in the last 100 years from within this galaxy. NGC6946 has an estimated diameter of approximately 40,000 light-years or 1/3 of the size of our Milky Way

Located ~ 18 million light years away

(image reduced to 60% of original size)

FOV = 20 x 15 arc minutes

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