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NGC 6946 and NGC 6939

 


NGC 6946 and NGC 6939

Face-on Spiral and Open Cluster in Cephus

Imaged on 9/8/07
Scope: Takahashi FSQ 106
Mount: Losmandy G-11
Camera/Autoguider: SXV-H9c
Exposures: 18 x 5 minutes
Site: Palomar Mountain
Temp: 63 degrees, calm, excellent seeing

NGC6946 is 18 million light years away. This object is highly obscured by interstellar matter of the Milky Way as it is quite close to the galactic plane.

The Open Cluster (NGC6939) is just 30 arc minutes north of the galaxy