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Region around the North American and Pelican Nebula

About this object

This is a 6 panel mosaic of the area around the North American and Pelican Nebula's taken with a 5nm Hydrogen Alpha filter during July and Aug 13. The North American Nebula is the cloud of ionized hydrogen gas on the upper left side of the image resembling the shape of N. America. Over to the right side of the image is the Pelican Nebula which resembles the head of a pelican. This area is a star forming region in the constellation Cygnus. Nasa has used the spritzer infared telescope to peer into this area and look through the thick dust to reveal newly born stars. The full resolution image of this area can be found here: NAmerican and an annotated image showing other objects in the area here: Annotated

Image Details

  • Optics : Stellarvue SV102T Triplet Refractor with a prototype Field Flattener/Reducer at f5.6
  • Mount: Mountain Instruments MI-250
  • Camera: QSI 583
  • Filters: Astrodon 5nm Ha filter
  • Exposure: 80-120min Ha, 6 panel mosaic
  • Camera/Mount Control: Maxim DL 5.23, CCD Commander
  • Processing: PixInsight 1.8
  • Location: Stark Bayou Observatory, Ocean Springs, MS
  • Date: Jul/Aug 13
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