Enchanted Skies


Sadr and Vicinity (Imaged from near Upham, NM)

Sadr Region Map of region near Sadr


Object Information                                            Imaging Details

The region around the bright star Sadr (gamma Cygni) is rich with nebulosity (much of which is IC 1318), and also contains several open star clusters such as M29 (the cooling tower cluster). Among the brighter emission nebula regions present is the Crescent Nebula (NGC 6888) and several members of the Lynd's Bright Nebula catalog. There's even a small dark nebula (B334) located directly above Sadr.

Sadr shines at magnitude 2.2, and is about 1550 light-years from Earth. The name is Arabic for "The Hen's Chest".

This object was imaged from ASLC's dark sky site near 'Upham' (wherever that is), New Mexico

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Pentax 135mm f/3.5 @ f/5.8

Canon T2i
Baader 7nm Ha filter
Misc. Optics:
33 x 1 minutes @ iso 1600 (color) + 25 x 3 minutes Ha @ iso 3200
Orion ED 80 used as guidescope with ToUCam and GuideDog
Images aligned and stacked in Nebulosity. Curves/levels and sharpening with Photoshop CS3.

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Enchanted Skies - Astrophotography by Rich Richins (all images copyright, Rich Richins)