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(also known as the Fireworks Galaxy, Arp 29, and Caldwell 12), is an intermediate spiral galaxy about 22.5 million light-years away,
in the constellations Cepheus and Cygnus.
It was discovered by William Herschel on September 9, 1798. NGC 6946 is highly obscured by interstellar matter of the Milky Way galaxy,
as it is quite close to the galactic plane.
Nine supernovae in the last 60 years or so, have been observed in NGC 6946.
Equatorial: RA: 20h 35m 11s Dec: +60°12'46"(current)
Horizon: Azim: 324°24'04" Alt: +31°38'55"
Size: 11.5 x 9.8
Transit time: 17:08 Always above horizon.
Object type: Spiral Galaxy
Source catalog: Revised NGC Catalog number: 6946
Blue mag: 9.7
Surface brightness: 14.0
Remarks: ARP 29, IRAS20338+5958
Dreyer description : Very faint, very large, very gradually, very abruptly brighter middle, partially resolved.
TELESCOPE: 8" Newtonian F/5
CAMERA: 'SBIG' STL-4020M & Baader Filters
CAMERA TEMP: Temp. = -28 C
Processing: MaxIm; color combine, DDP, CCDStack align, Photoshop CS2