A wider Cocoon

A bit of a wait for the next clear opportunity which arrived during a hot spell of weather so a very balmy evening to do some imaging. Useable subs are now available at an earlier time so matchsticks aren't quite so neccessary as we move into the autumn months. With the camera still on the apo I went for a wider image of one of my favourite objects - The Cocoon Nebula (IC 5146) which sits nicely isolated in Cygnus. The associated dust lane (Barnard 168) gives it a unique appearance. Transparency varied throughout the session but was generally quite good. Details: Megrez 88 apo. 15 x 10 minute exposures @ iso1600 with CLS in DSS, FIV, CS2 & XAT.

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