The Crescent Nebula, widefield in the middle of the Milky Way

I struggled for several nights last year in a futile attempt to take photos of the Crescent Nebula, NGC 6888. This emission nebula is about 5,000 light years away, and between us and it is a lot of stars. It wasn’t until I got my Optolong l-eXtreme filter that I’ve been able to see the nebula properly.

Milky Way season is upon us. Get out and enjoy the view!

Capture Details

  • Imaging telescopes or lenses: William Optics RedCat 51
  • Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 294MC PRO
  • Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 50mm Guidescope
  • Guiding cameras: Orion Starshoot Autoguider
  • Filters: Optolong L-eXtreme 2″
  • Accessory: QHY Polemaster

  • Dates:May 29, 2021
  • Frames: 57×360″ (5h 42′)
  • Integration: 5h 42′
  • Avg. Moon age: 18.24 days
  • Avg. Moon phase: 86.98%

Basic astrometry details

  • Astrometry.net job: 4577212
  • RA center: 20h 11′ 48″
  • DEC center: +38° 20′ 38″
  • Pixel scale: 3.846 arcsec/pixel
  • Orientation: 307.194 degrees
  • Field radius: 2.631 degrees

Full capture details on Astrobin: https://www.astrobin.com/zgu8ff/

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