IC1318 Sadr Nebula in Cygnus
Given our murky skies, ihis is the first reasonably long image I have managed to take (4hrs or so), and is much smoother as a result. Supergiant star Sadr (Gamma Cygni) lies out of shot above the centre of the image, in the Northern Cross, famous asterism in the constellation Cygnus the Swan. This summer skyscape shows a complex of stars, dust clouds, and glowing nebulae along the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. IC1318 is also called the Butterfly Nebula, shaped like two giant glowing cosmic wings divided by a long dark dust lane (which is visible slanting off to the right) . Some distance estimates for IC 1318 range from 2,000 to 5,000 light-years. There is a small blue reflection nebula embedded at about 4 o'clock.
Orion Optics UK AG16 Astrograph: SBIG 11000 CM: Titan Mount, Photoshop, Pixinsight
24 x 10 minutes RGB (4hrs total) with IDAS D1 filter
Data capture : 31st August 2014