Gamma Cygni Panorama

Rainer Mannoff

 Sky & Telescope 8/2004


This extensive complex of glowing hydrogen clouds and open star clusters surrounds 2nd-magnitude Gamma Cygni. The field is dominated by IC 1318, informally known as the Butterfly Nebula; it lies just to Gamma's east (left). NGC 6888 is the small, oval-shaped nebula at bottom rigth.

Details: 9-inch f/2 Schmidt Camera and hypered Kodak Technical Pan 6415 and Ektrachorme E200 dilms. Total exposure time 75 minutes.