I have been a bit slow posting this image which was taken 27/6/11. The sky never seems to get really dark around the solstice so the subs for it looked a bit washed-out despite the transparency being quite good. With the moon now back in the sky it might be a while before another serious attempt can be made at this distinctive target. It is designated Sharpless 2-86 and includes emission nebula NGC 6820 and the cluster NGC 6823 but is best known for the pillar of dust that dominates the subject. Situated in Vulpecula it is quite close to M 27. Details: 10" f4.3 Newt. 12x 8minute exposures @ iso1600 with CLS in DSS, FIV, CS2 & XAT.