NGC 6883

NGC 6883

NGC 6883 is an open star cluster located in the constellation Cygnus. This cluster is filled with bright young stars that shine beautifully in the night sky. Surrounding this cluster, you can see patches of glowing OII gas. OII stands for doubly ionized oxygen, which means the oxygen atoms have lost two of their electrons. This gas emits a distinct light when it’s excited by the energy from nearby stars, creating a stunning nebula. The combination of the bright star cluster and the glowing OII gas makes NGC 6883 a fascinating and beautiful sight in the universe.


Approximately 3,200 light years from Earth

Apparant Magnitude


Object Type

Open Star Cluster

From the Artist

"Capturing this stunning image of NGC 6883 star cluster took seven nights and two telescope setups. The William Optics RedCat 51 with a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro camera and Optolong L-Ultimate 3nm filter captured the wide field view, while the Sharpstar Z4 with a ZWO ASI1600MM Pro camera and Antlia 3nm filters zoomed in on the faint bubble nebula around WR 134. Both setups used precise guiding systems and stable mounts for clear, detailed shots.

By combining wide and close-up views, we highlighted the powerful WR 134 star, its surrounding bubble nebula, and the bright stars of NGC 6883. This image shows the beauty and complexity of the universe, from the intricate gas clouds to the bright star cluster, all captured with high-quality gear and a lot of patience."

In the Cosmos

NGC 6883 is located in the constellation Cygnus, also known as the Swan. This constellation is visible in the northern sky and is rich with star clusters and nebulae. NGC 6883, a bright open star cluster, is nestled among the stars and interstellar gas clouds of Cygnus, approximately 6,000 light years away from Earth. The surrounding region is a vibrant tapestry of cosmic activity, making it a stunning area for astrophotography.