Fletcher Photos - Constellations Cygnus and Lyra - Northern Cross
"The Constellation Cygnus (Northern Cross) & Lyra"

Kodak Pro 400 PPF film with Pentax 6x7 cm camera & 90mm lens @f/5.6

photo by Bill and Sally Fletcher

- The stars of the night sky have been divided and mapped since ancient times. The results of this mapping are the imaginative shapes and legends of the constellations.

This photo of the constellation Cygnus - also known as "The Northern Cross" - shows deep detail in this region of the sky, such as the star fields of the Milky Way, the reddish North American & Pelican Nebulae (named for their shapes), the Veil supernova remnant with its arcs of ejected material. At the same time it clearly shows the main "naked eye" stars that make up the shape of "the swan" or "Northern Cross" enlarged in their true color.

This is a natural photographic technique with the effect created during a single exposure of the film. In the corner of the photo is the constellation Lyra with its bright star Vega. -

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