Open cluster NGC 6939 is approximately 5,000 light-years away in the constellation Cepheus. The small, faint, vertical galaxy in the bottom left is cataloged as PGC64824. Our line of sight in this direction crosses through dense stars and dust regions on the edge of the Milky Way. This image is a detail taken from the image below, which also shows spiral galaxy NGC 6946.
Open cluster NGC 6939 is to the lower right and spiral galaxy NGC 6946 is to the upper left. NGC 6946 is also known as the Fireworks Galaxy and is about 22.5 million light-years away on the border of constellations Cepheus and Cygnus.
112 minutes L and 96 minutes RGB binned 2x2 on 2013-09-06 using a QSI 583 from northern New Jersey through an Astro-Physics 155mm refractor at f5.45. North is to the right. ©2013