Michael A. Stecker


Cygnus-Cepheus border
This image of the Cygnus-Cepheus border is centered on the
galactic equator at RA 21 hrs, 28 min and Declination +51
degrees. It shows southern Cepheus at the top and northern
Cygnus at the bottom of the image. The bright red nebula
IC 1396 is seen at the upper left (north) and the still brighter
North American and Pelican Nebulae are seen at the lower
right (south). Just to the left of the North American Nebula
is the usually uncharted red emission nebula Sharpless 119
(lower center of the image).  Just to the right of center is a
large dark nebula called the "Northern Coalsack".  Its major
components are LDN 1005 and 999.  Minor components
are LDN 1029, 1002, 1022, 1023, 1058, 1054 and 1043

Photographic Data: The image is a composite of two
35-minute exposures made with a Pentax 6x7-camera
and 165 mm f/2.8 lens (stopped down to f/5.6). The
film used was unhypered Kodak Pro 400 PPF 120.