Pictures of NGC 6914

A guide to NGC 6914, a beautiful, contrasting nebulae complex in Cygnus.

NGC 6914 Wide Field by Bob Franke, Chino Valley, AZ USA. Equipment: Takahashi FSQ-106ED, SBIG STF-8300M, Baader RGB, AstroDon Ha filter, Losmandy G11 mount.

NGC 6914 is a complex of reflection nebulae at the heart of the constellation Cygnus.

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NGC 6914 is 6,000 lightyears away and contains two blue reflection nebulae, vdB 132, seen to the right in the image below, and another reflection nebula, vdB 131, slightly lower to the left.

NGC6914 by Bob Franke, Chino Valley, AZ USA. Equipment: 12.5
NGC6914 by Bob Franke, Chino Valley, AZ USA. Equipment: 12.5″ RCOS Ritchey-Chrétien, SBIG STL-11000, AstroDon LRGB, Ha filters, Paramount ME mount.

Contrasting these beautiful glowing gas clouds illuminated by light from powerful, hot blue stars, is the red emission glow of ionised hydrogen and dark, dense cosmic clouds.

The red emission nebula is a result of young stars in the Cygnus OB2 association ionising the surrounding hydrogen.

These contrasting processes produce a region of the sky that’s quite spectacular to behold.

Below is a selection of images of NGC 6914 captured by astrophotographers and BBC Sky at Night Magazine readers.

For advice on photographing nebulae, read our guide to deep-sky astrophotography, or find out how to fine tune your images with our guide to astrophotography image processing.

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NGC6914 Reflection Nebula by Mark Griffith, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. Equipment: Skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount & Equinox 80mm refractor, Atik 383L+ camera, motorised filter wheel and Astronomik Ha RGB filters.
NGC6914 Reflection Nebula by Mark Griffith, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. Equipment: Skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount & Equinox 80mm refractor, Atik 383L+ camera, motorised filter wheel and Astronomik Ha RGB filters.
NGC 6914 Wide Field by Bob Franke, Chino Valley, AZ USA. Equipment: Takahashi FSQ-106ED, SBIG STF-8300M, Baader RGB, AstroDon Ha filter, Losmandy G11 mount.
NGC 6914 Wide Field by Bob Franke, Chino Valley, AZ USA. Equipment: Takahashi FSQ-106ED, SBIG STF-8300M, Baader RGB, AstroDon Ha filter, Losmandy G11 mount.
NGC 6914 - HaRGB - CCD/DSLR Combination by André van der Hoeven, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, The Netherlands. Equipment: TMB92, QSI583ws, 20cm f/5.0 Newton, Canon EOS 350Da
NGC 6914 – HaRGB – CCD/DSLR Combination by André van der Hoeven, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, The Netherlands. Equipment: TMB92, QSI583ws, 20cm f/5.0 Newton, Canon EOS 350Da
NGC 6914 Region in Cygnus by David Slack, Prudhoe, Northumberland, UK. Equipment: Modified Canon 1000D, Orion ED80 refractor @ F6, Altair Astro 0.8 focal reducer, HEQ5 pro mount controlled with EQMOD and an IDAS D1 light pollution filter were used for the capture.
NGC 6914 Region in Cygnus by David Slack, Prudhoe, Northumberland, UK. Equipment: Modified Canon 1000D, Orion ED80 refractor @ F6, Altair Astro 0.8 focal reducer, HEQ5 pro mount controlled with EQMOD and an IDAS D1 light pollution filter were used for the capture.