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North America and Pelican Complex in Mono

Technical card

Resolution: 1335x1600

Dates: July 23, 2016

Frames: 52x300"

Integration: 4.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 18.44 days

Avg. Moon phase: 85.50% job: 1184803

Locations: Mallorca, Son Macia, Mallorca, Spain


This is the second target for my new wide-field setup, the North America and Pelican Complex. Both belong to the same interstellar cloud of ionized hydrogen gas, but they are separated by a ragged lane of interstellar dust that absorbs their light. The North America (NGC7000) and the Pelican Nebula (IC5070) show a rich and diverse structures filling the full 4×5 degree field of view. A perfect target for the ATIK 460EXm plus Asahi/Pentax Takumar 135mm combo.

For a start, this is a monochrome image composed of 52 Ha exposure with 300 sec each, i.e., more than 4 hours of photons in total. Only very basic processing, no noise reduction, no masks, no tricks.





North America and Pelican Complex in Mono,