I have always had a passing interest in astronomy but it was not to little more than 4 years ago that I was truly bitten by the astronomy bug. Astrophotography now plays a major role in my life so much so I spend my days monitoring weather and spaceweather websites. By night I tour the county of Donegal in the northwest of Ireland, where I was born and raised, seeking out the idyllic foregrounds to complement the regions famously dark skies.
The bright star in the top centre of the image is Deneb and forms the tail of the swan while the star in the right centre of the frame is called Sadr and represents the mythical swans body. Gienah, the star in the bottom left of the image, forms part of the wing of the swan. In the top left of the image you should be able to pick out the aptly named North America Nebula, the Cygnus Wall or the bright part that appears as Central America and Mexico is actually a hot bed of gas, dust, and newly formed stars. If we return our focus to Sadr in the right of the image we can see another accurately named nebula- the Butterfly Nebula, while the remains of an exploded star, or supernova remnant, are visible below Gienah in the form of the Veil Nebula. Finally, the dark dust lane of the Milky Way is visible in the image as the dark river running between the 3 stars Deneb, Sadr and Gienah. This area of the sky contains many more points of interest that are just too numerous to list, well I did say it was a rich region of the sky!
Lokofoto - 8.5" x 12"
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