Dense star clouds dominate this part of the summer Milky Way, stretching from the Cocoon Nebula (upper left) to the North America Nebula (right). This image is a stack of 3 shots, aligned and merged using a program called Registar. While processing the frames, the program counts the number of stars detected. In this area the count was over 100,000 stars! Click on the image above to see a larger version.
- Camera: Mitsuboshi 6x9 vacuum astrocamera
- Film: Kodak E200, +1 push
- Exposure: 3 x 30 min.
- Telescope: Borg 125EDF2.8 astrograph
- Mount: Losmandy Titan
- Guider: SBIG ST-V