This open cluster of stars seems to resemble a "coat hanger". The small cluster of stars on the right end of the coat hanger is NGC 6802.
Note: Many have inquired as to the faint arc passing through the second bright blue star from the right. This is an artifact cause by a reflection in an improperly finished focuser. I have repainted the interior of this focuser with flat black and the arc is no longer a problem.
Note: This image was selected Astronomy Picture of the Day January 12, 2007
|Optics:||Orion ED 80mm, 600mm f/7.5|
|Exposure:||RGB: 9 x 2 min each|