NGC 6496: The Fireworks Galaxy

NGC The Fireworks Galaxy, photographed with a near full moon
NGC 6946 The Fireworks Galaxy, photographed with a near full moon on May 5th 2020. Click for a larger version.

Ten supernova have been seen in NGC 6946 over the past century. Considering the Milky Way (which has twice as many stars) averages one every 100 years, “Fireworks” is an apt name for this face on spiral galaxy.

This was my first light on the Fireworks Galaxy, but won’t be my last. The moon washed out a lot of detail and made processing this difficult. Considering it’s still relatively low in the sky for most of the evening, it makes more sense to image this later on this summer.

Astrophotography Capture & Processing Details for Fireworks Galaxy

Frames: 19×180″ (gain: 240.00)
Integration: 0.9 hours
Avg. Moon age: 12.50 days
Avg. Moon phase: 94.32%

Astrometry.net job: 3491258
RA center: 20h 35′ 5″
DEC center: +60° 10′ 30″
Pixel scale: 0.718 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 26.080 degrees
Field radius: 0.492 degrees

Complete capture details on Astrobin.

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