Higher-resolution versions: 1680 x 1050 3965 x 2644NGC 6871
Object Type: Open cluster
NGC 6871 is the open star cluster to the left of center in the image, and is about 5130 light-years from our solar system. The image also contains a lot of red emission nebulosity, including Sh2-101 on the right side.
Equipment:Vixen 102-ED/TS Optics field flattener/STL-11000M/Astrodon LRGB filters/Paramount ME
Exposures: LRGB: L 12 x 5 minutes: R 12 x 5 minutes: G 11 x 5 minutes: B 12 x 5 minutes: RGB binned 2x2
Date: July 20, 2012
Location: Landers, California, USA
Technical Notes: Individual exposures were obtained using CCDAutoPilot2 and then sigma combined. The RGB image was created in Registar 1.0. Gaussian Blur of 1 pixel was applied to the RGB image.