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Milky Way Vista - Cygnus to Cassiopeia


Cygnus, Lacerta, Cepheus, Andromeda, Cassiopeia


Move your mouse over the image above to get a version with constellation lines, deep-sky objects and labels drawn.

This image covers the wide stretch of the Milky Way ranging from the constellations Cygnus to Cassiopeia, thereby crossing Lacerta, Cepheus and western Andromeda. Apart from being full of stars, it also contains numerous star clusters and nebulae, both light and dark. The most prominent emission nebulae are readily visible as red patches in the image: The North American and Pelican nebulae near the right edge immediately below the bright star Deneb, α Cygni; IC 1396 a little bit above and to the right of the image's center, NGC 7822 within the upper left quarter, and NGC 281 in Cassiopeia, which is located not far from the left edge. Prominent dark nebulae include the Northern Coal Sack in-between NGC 7000 and IC 1396 and Barnard 168 (the dark "spike" within the Milky Way below the Coal Sack), where the Cocoon Nebula is located. Several large star clusters decorate this part of the Milky Way, most prominent are M39 (where Barnard 168 is pointed to), M52 and NGC 7789 in Cassiopeia. Many more deep-sky objects can be identified. For more information and detailed pictures of individual objects follow the links given below:

The Milky Way in Cygnus, zoom lens photograph.
The Northern Part of Cygnus, telelens photograph.
Cepheus, standard lens photograph.
Cassiopeia (Wide Field), standard lens photograph.

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