NGC 6946 Fireworks Galaxy

NGC 6946 is a 17′ large spiral galaxy in the constellation Cepheus, about 12 million light years away. The large blue structure in the western part of the galaxy is known as the Hodges Complex (Paul Hodge 1967). The object was long thought to be a young supergiant cluster. Meanwhile, however, it is assumed that it is a dwarf galaxy at NGC 6946.

Photographer: Markus Blauensteiner

Telescope: Lacerta 250 mm f/4 Newtonian
Mount: 10micron GM2000 HPS II
Camera: SX Trius 694
Exposure: LRGB 460:250:250:250 min