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10/29/2010

A Summer Favorite Open Cluster from the H-400 NGC 6940

As I am compiling my database and organizing my sketches and the weather is horrible (rain, snow clouds) until Monday when I can get out and observe (Monday through Friday, maybe even next Saturday too! I need my observing fix though I return to work for 3.5 hours next Friday to get ready to return to work a week from Monday).

As I was doing this I came upon my rough sketch that I put together in the field and then tried to enhance it digitally. You'll see background noise as a way to try to get that pepper and salt feeling of stars wanting to peep out. I had forgotten what a wonderful open cluster this is in Vulpecula. I'll have to ensure I spend some time with it under a dark sky next summer!