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Milky Way in Cygnus: Widefield

     This widefield image shows the Milky Way in the region of Cygnus (lower half) and Lyra (upper right). The North America and Pelican Nebulas are visible at middle-left just below and left of the bright star Deneb. The two portions of the Veil Nebula are faintly visible one-third of the distance from the left edge along the bottom border (the left "parenthesis" part of the Veil is more obvious). The bright star at upper right is Vega, with the parallelogram Lyra constellation just below. Epsilon Lyri, the "double-double," is apparent to the left of Vega as a slightly elongated pinkish-white star.

 Date   27 June 1998 near the Geysers, Sonoma County, California
 Scope   Nikon with Nikkor 50 mm f1.8 lens piggy-backed on an LX200 scope   
 Exposure   One, 20 minutes on Fuji Superia 800 pushed one stop 
 Processing    Levels adjusted and mild blur and unsharp mask in PhotoShop