A rarely imaged nebula from the Sharpless Catalog. The nebula is in the constellation of Cygnus, and in the thick of the Milky Way, which is why the star density is high. The nebula is sometimes called the Clown Face nebula, although I don't see it. This is a total of 7 hours of exposure,  taken on September 22, 23 and 25, 2011. I'll be adding more color data, a few hours of luminance, and some h-alpha to bring out more detail in the nebula. Imaged with the Hyperion Astrograph, an SBIG STL11000m camera, and the session was guided by CCDAutopilot 4. Click on the image for a better view.

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