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The Details
Object
NGC 7000/IC 5068/IC 5070 Mosiac
Optics
Astro Physics Traveler 105 EDF refractor at f/6
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG STL-11000M
Filters
Tru-Balance 6nm Hydrogen Alpha filter
Date
04, 17, 19 July 2013
Location
Mount Wilson Observatory - Mount Wilson, CA
Exposure
4 pane Ha mosaic - Each pane 7 x 1200 sec 1x1 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, CCDStack 2, Photoshop CS5
Orientation
Field of View: 05°30 ’ x 03°50 ’ centered on RA 20h54m15s
DEC +43°16’25" (2000). North angle 89.2°; east 90° CCW from north
Notes
The North American Nebula (upper right quadrant) and Pelican Nebula (lower right quadrant) shown here are separated by an intervening dark absorption cloud known as LDN 935. The Gulf of Mexico portion of the North American Nebula is an intricate mix of gas and dust that draw the attention of the viewer to this area. Given extremely dark skies with high transparency, the North American Nebula can actually be detected with the naked eye. The neighboring Pelican Nebula has a much lower surface brightness, making it strictly a telescopic object. Finely defined streamers of dense, colder gas along the ionization front of the Pelican Nebula (upper right corner) serve to etch out the familiar pelican's beak, giving rise to the name of this object.

Also shown in this wide field image (left half of image) is the emission nebula IC 5068, beautifully streaked with dark clouds of thin dust across its surface.

First light image taken with my AP Traveler using the dedicated f/6 field flattener.

 

 

 

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