NGC 6811 - open cluster in Cygnus

Posted by ayiomamitis
on Monday, July 26, 2010
by Anthony Ayiomamitis

Open cluster NGC 6811 in Cygnus depicted above is a cluster comprised of approximately 70 member stars which are of uniform brightness and very well detached from the background sky. The cluster spans 15 arc-minutes in diameter or half the apparent diameter of the full moon. Depending on the source, the cluster lies between 2940 and 3960 light-years away (heliocentric distance) with an intermediate age of approximately 700 million years old and as evidenced by the presence of some red giants and predominance of white hot stars in the image below. The small galaxy to the bottom right of the image above is PGC 2277519 (mag 16.7, 0.6'x0.3'). The cluster is best observed using low magnifications (50-100x) during summer when it is directly overhead and can be found to lie just to the northeast of δ-Cyg (mag 2.90). NGC 6811 was discovered by John Herschel in 1829.

Technical Details:
Date: July 11, 2010 @ 00:10 - 2:25 UT+3
Location: Athens, Greece (38.2997° N, 23.7430° E)
Equipment: AP 160 f/7.5 StarFire EDF, AP 1200GTO GEM, SBIG ST-10XME, SBIG CFW10, SBIG LRGB filters
Integrations: LRGB @ 30:30:30:30 using 3-/6-min subs, 1x1 binning, 1.17"/pixel, -12.5d C

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