This is a 3 minute exposure with a Canon D40 DSLR taken thru Kopernik's 20-inch telescope.
Albireo (Beta Cygni) forms the head of the swan in the Constellation of Cygnus. Although it appears as a single star to the naked eye, just about any small telescope will show it to be a double star. Thanks to the blue and gold colors of its component stars Albireo is one of the most beautiful Double Stars in northern skies. Spectrographic studies have shown that the gold colored component is itself a double, meaning that Albireo is really a triple star. It's about 385 light years away.
George Normandin, KAS
November 14th, 2009