NGC 7000 (North American Nebula) and IC 5070 (Pelican Nebula)

North America and Pelican Nebulae
All Images Copyright Steve Cannistra

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Magnitude:  Not determined
Size: FOV of full frame image (uncropped) = 3.9 x 3.9 degrees
RA: 20h 55m 17s (J2000)
Dec: 44 degrees 02' 39" (J2000)
PA:  +319 degrees

The North American and Pelican Nebulae are favorite targets for widefield astrophotography using either broadband or narrowband filters.  The deep shadows and rifts in this region are caused by dust that obscures visible light emitted by ionized gas such as hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfurMore information about this region can be found at Rob Gendler's website.

Photographic Details:
Dates:  August 25 and 26, 2014
Scope:  Takahashi FSQ106 at f5 on the Takahashi NJP Mount
Autoguider:  SBIG ST-402 with 60mm guidescope, focal length 227mm
Camera:  Apogee U16M at -20C, with 7 position 50mm square filter wheel (Apogee FW50-7S)
Baader narrowband and LRGB filters, 50mm square
Exposures:  Ha, 6 hours; RGB, total of 6 hours.  Total combined exposure (Ha plus RGB) = 12 hours
Post-processing:  Calibrated, aligned, and stacked in Maxim, followed by DDP in ImagesPlus (IP).  Further processing in Photoshop CS (16 bit format).
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