It’s still late starts for imaging during most of August, but beginning to get reasonable again for those of us that have to go along to the day job next morning. This Month’s object is a beautiful region of (blue) reflection nebulosity in a sea of red (emission nebulosity) that is the Gamma Cygni region of Cygnus. Surrounding the central star Sadr in Cygnus is a truly massive region of emission nebulosity, which can appear a little boring with its uniform red appearance. However, towards the North of this region we hit a little blue gem that breaks up the monotonous red – and this is the reflection nebula NGC6914.
My notes say that I started imaging this one around 10:30 p.m. so that’s not too late to start grabbing data, but it is an object needing around 4 hours total with the Hyperstar and preferably in excess of 12 hours with something like an f#4.5 instrument. Sub-exposure times of at least 5-minutes with the Hyperstar and at least 10-minutes with the Sky 90 are recommended. Get in enough quality data and you’ll be rewarded by one of the prettiest images you’ll find in an emission nebula.
Wishing you clear August skies – not long to go now for those darker, earlier nights 🙂