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The Details
Object
IC 5146 Cocoon Nebula in Cygnus
Optics
Astro-Physics 160 EDF Refractor at f/7.5
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG ST- 10XME
Filters
Tru-Balance LRGB filter set
Date
13 October 2007
Location
Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Yuma County - Southwestern Arizona
Exposure
L 10 x 300 sec 1x1 bin; RGB 3 x 300 sec, 1x1 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, Registar, Photoshop CS2
Orientation
Field of View: 35'01" x 25'17"centered on RA 21h53m23s
DEC+47°15’28” (2000.0) . North angle 293.25 °; east 90° CCW from north
Notes

IC 5146, commonly known as the Cocoon Nebula, lies about 4000 light years from Earth in a rich star field area of the constellation Cygnus. The nebula is enveloped in a dust-choked molecular cloud and has both emission and reflection components associated with its nebulosity as seen in the above image's red and blue colorations. The bright star in the center of the Cocoon is responsible for “lighting up” the surrounding gas and giving us this beautiful view of a stellar nursery in progress.

 

 

 

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