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This is my second time imaging this object but this time the core with my SCT. I previously used a much wider field of view of the full emission nebula Sh 2-86. NGC 6820 is a small and dim reflection nebula near the open cluster NGC 6823 in Vulpecula. The reflection nebula and cluster are embedded in a large faint emission nebula called Sh 2-86. The whole area of nebulosity is often referred to as NGC 6820. The central core pillar has been called the northern Finger of God.
M27, the Dumbbell Nebula, is found three degrees to the east, and α Vulpeculae three degrees to the west.
Open star cluster NGC 6823 is about 50 light years across and lies about 6000 light years away. The center of the cluster formed about two million years ago and is dominated in brightness by a host of bright young blue stars. Outer parts of the cluster contain even younger stars. It forms the core of the Vulpecula OB1 stellar association.
Emission Nebula NGC6820 with Open Cluster NGC6823
Right ascension 19h 42m 27.92s[1]
Declination +23° 05′ 14.7″[1]
Distance 6,000 ly[2] ly
Apparent dimensions (V) 40arcmins
Constellation Vulpecula
Designations Nebula (NGC 6820, Sh2-86)

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