According to NGC/IC researcher Harold Corwin, this can't be the object Guillaume Bigourdan discovered: "Bigourdan's measurements clearly point at IC 131's star clouds
, his description fits them, and he specifically mentions the compact H II region calling it a 13.
LDN 548, representative of the large clouds in this region, is relatively easy to locate: it's on the north side of the Scutum Star Cloud
, just 1/2[degrees] west of the stars 7 and 8 Aquilae and 8' from the star HD 174323.
The average observer doesn't associate this part of the sky with galaxy hunting, yet even near the Milky Way's star clouds
you can find many fine examples.
Time-lapse nightscapes on a fixed tripod or a moving track will also benefit from the Rokinon's fast f/2 focal ratio--you'll record the star clouds
and dust lanes of the Milky Way in shorter exposures, as well as some large, faint nebulae, particularly if you're shooting with a modified camera.
A similar approach works well when imaging galaxy clusters or star clouds
within the Milky Way.
We're lucky that something as prosaic as a car ride can transport us to the awesome star clouds
of our home galaxy.
Moreover, it has very ambiguous edges and displays no conspicuous bright star clouds
or dark dust features.
The Milky Way from Sagittarius to Cygnus isn't merely a faint band of featureless haze; it's divided by a long dark rift, smudged by several dark patches, and ornamented by a half-dozen star clouds
of different sizes and brightnesses.
But when seeking the last weeks to view the star clouds
, nebulae, and clusters in the direction of our galaxy's center, you also have to take into account a phenomenon almost as legendary as the Milky Way itself: the Harvest Moon.
But it isn't a featureless, hazy band; it has bays, rifts, and star clouds
that can be seen easily by the unaided eye and are often quite spectacular in binoculars -- as long as you view them from a dark location on a clear, moonless night.
Each is a mixture of numerous H II emission areas, star clusters, and star clouds
Or the mist of star clouds
thrown up from the unseen cataract?