NGC 6946

NGC 6946 — Click on image to enlarge

NGC 6946, aka the Fireworks Galaxy, is a face-on spiral on the boundary between Cepheus and Cygnus. About 25 million light years distant, NGC 6946 lies within the Virgo Supercluster. 

Technical Details:

Imaged from MYHY Observatory in the Philadelphia suburbs in 2003 — one of the first color images I ever attempted! Equipment included a 10″ OGS RC at f/9 with an SBIG ST10XME on a Paramount ME. LRGB with about 2 hours Lum (unbinned) and 30 minutes RGB/channel (binned 2×2). Processed with CCDsoft and Adobe PS in 2003 and reprocessed with some newer techniques in 2015.