Vulpecula constellation lies in the northern sky. Its name means “the little fox” in Latin. The constellation is a relatively faint one, with no stars brighter than fourth magnitude. It can be found in the middle of the Summer Triangle asterism, formed by the bright stars Vega in the constellation Lyra, Altair in Aquila, and Deneb in Cygnus. Sh2-86 is a gas cloud in Vulpecula
September 2015: This is a two panel mosaic in narrowband has an integration of 45.0 hours of ccd photography and has been two months in the making! See the colour version of the Vulpecula skyscape in the slider above.
Imaging telescopes or lenses: Vixen VSD
Imaging cameras: Starlight Express SXVR-H18
Mounts: Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Pro
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Vixen VSD
Guiding cameras: sx loadstar
Software: PixInsight 1.8, Photoshop CS5, Sequence Generator Pro, PHD, Main Sequence Software
Filters: Baader H-alpha 3.5 Nm, Baader SII 8.5nm, Baader O III 8.5nm
Accessories: Starlight Xpress USB filter wheel
Aug: 2015: Finally some clear sky provided the perfect opportunity to acquire Ha data for the second panel of my ongoing Vulpecula region Project. See the black & white version in the slider above. The second panel revealed an interesting object not too dissimilar in form and structure to that of the tulip nebula of Cygnus. See the left hand side of the image above. It will be interesting to see how this structure responds to OIII filtration.