|The galaxy NGC 6946 ("Fireworks Galaxy") on the border between the constellations Cepheus
and Cygnus on July 31 / August 1, 2013. The spiral galaxy is 22 million light years from Earth and was discovered by William Herschel in 1798.
Twenty-three exposures of approximately 3 minutes at ISO 800 were added for this shot with the DeepSkyStacker software
and the final image processing was done in Photoshop. The total exposure time is 1 hour and 15 minutes - a personal record with the equatorial
|Equipment: Canon EOS 450Da camera, TeleVue ParaCorr Type II coma corrector, 16" f/4.5
dobsonian telescope "Ninja" riding on a dual-axis Tom Osypowski equatorial platform,
Lacerta MGEN autoguider, Lacerta off axis system (field of view comparison:
image of the moon with the same equipment).