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North American and Pelican Nebula

About this object

The image above is of a famous area of the sky in Cygnus, near the star Deneb (upper right) containing a large area of emission nebula. Within this area is the North American Nebula (which looks like N.America) and the Pelican Nebula. This area is large and almost 4 times the size of the full moon. In a dark sky it can be seen as a bright patch of nebulosity near the star Deneb. The N. American Nebula is cataloged as NGC 7000. Nearby is the Pelican nebula (looks like the head of a pelican) which is cataloged as IC5070. Both these areas are part of the same interstellar cloud of ionized hydrogen and glow red. This area is high overhead during summer nights in the northern hemisphere. This image was taken with a Canon 60Da DSLR camera and a Canon 70-200mm f4 L lens working at f6.3 from the dark skies of Likely CA.

Image Details

  • Optics : Canon 70-200mm f4 L lens at 200mm
  • Mount: Astrotrac
  • Camera: Canon 60Da
  • Filters: None
  • Exposure: (16) 3 min exposures at ISO 1600
  • Camera/Mount Control: Interval Timer
  • Location: Stellarvue Deep Sky Party, Likely CA
  • Date: June 12
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