NGC 6811 is a large magnitude 6.8 open cluster of stars in the constellation Cygnus. It is located near Delta Cygni, and is about ten degrees away from the Crescent Nebula. NGC 6811 has a number of sparkling 10th to 11th magnitude stars clustered in an area that is about 15 arc-minutes in diameter. The group of 8th and 9th magnitude stars above and slightly to the left of NGC 6811 in this image do not have an NGC number. However, with some imagination (actually -- with a whole lot of imagination!) this collection of stars kind of looks like a pot with a handle, (or maybe a very little dipper).
This is an RGB color composite CCD image taken from my backyard with a Takahashi Epsilon 180ED telescope on an NJP Temma mount using an SBIG STL-11000M CCD.
RA: 19h 37m 18s Dec: +46d 22' 55" (J2000)
June 14, 2009
Image by Sid Leach
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