NGC 6914 (LBN 274, LBN 280) area Bright Nebulae complex in Cygnus

Center of field at approximately: RA 20 hours 24 minutes 47 seconds, Dec +42 degrees 23 minutes 04 seconds

Size: ~20' Magnitude: -- Class: Emission + Reflection

North is up

West to the right


8" f5 Newtonian reflector


ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -20c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56


 Lumicon Red filter, 990 minutes (99 x 10 minute subs), 07/22/23/24/25/26/27/2012; seeing FWHM 2.9-3.8 per CCDStack


CCDStack 2.66.4490.32361, Photoshop CS5.1


Rolling Roof Observatory, Thousand Oaks, California 91360 (+34d 13m 29s -118h 52m 20s)

Notes: A complex field in central Cygnus, located about 7 degrees NNE of Sadr, in central Cygnus. See this wide image of the area from the website of Walter Koprolin and Wolfgang Howurek.

According to my charting software (Megastar v5.0.13), these are the named objects in this field.

Some positional differences in on-line references:

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 6914
NGC 6914 = LBN 274 = LBN 280
20 24 43.3 +42 28 57
Size 13x12

17.5": at 100x appears as a fairly bright nebulous field locally brightest 
around two pairs of fairly bright stars.  Two mag 11 stars are at the N end with 
a separation of 51" and a pair of mag 9 (SAO 49589) and mag 11 stars are at the 
south end with separation 42".  Connected by a fainter elongated piece of 
nebulosity.  Very faint nebulosity extends NE towards a mag 7 star (SAO 49603) 
located 11' NE.  The catalogued position is centered on the northern pair of 

8": fairly large nebulous field locally brighter surrounding a wide faint double 
star and to the S surrounding a double star mag 9.  The brightest section is 
elongated N-S.

- by Steve Gottlieb
Historical Research Notes / Correction for NGC 6914
NGC 6914 is the northern-most of three similar nebulae, probably all 
reflection nebulae -- the show up best on the POSS1 blue plate.  
Interestingly, the area on the red plate is dominated by a large HII region,
centered 20-30 arcmin to the northeast of N6914.  Are the reflection nebulae
part of the same system of gas and dust, or are they merely superposed along
the line of sight?  I suspect the former, but of course can't say for sure.
 - Dr. Harold G. Corwin, Jr.
From the CDS: NGC 6914; Image; Data. NGC 6914A; Image; Data. NGC 6914B; Image; Data. Dolidze 8; Image; Data.