Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Cygnus (Cyg)  ·  Contains:  IC 5068  ·  IC 5070  ·  NGC 6997  ·  NGC 7000  ·  North America Nebula  ·  Pelican Nebula  ·  The star 55Cyg  ·  The star 56Cyg  ·  The star 57Cyg  ·  The star 60Cyg  ·  The star Deneb (αCyg)  ·  The star νCyg  ·  The star ξCyg
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Cosmic Continent, The Sequel, 


            Terry Hancock
Cosmic Continent, The Sequel
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Cosmic Continent, The Sequel

Acquisition type: Electronically-Assisted Astronomy (EAA, e.g. based on a live video feed)

Technical card

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Lodestar Autoguider X2

Filters: Chroma Technology LRGB filters

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3599670

RA center: 20h 52' 44"

DEC center: +43° 57' 0"

Pixel scale: 4.970 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 2.983 degrees

Field radius: 3.912 degrees

Resolution: 3522x4440

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Grand Mesa Observatory


Several years ago I captured this beautiful region of Sky and called it “The Cosmic Continent”, here is my latest version a very wide view of The North America Nebula otherwise known as NGC7000 using data from Grand Mesa Observatory’s System 1a the William Optics Redcat together with a QHY16200A Monochrome CCD, this combination is giving a field of view of approximately 6 x 5 degrees.
Captured over 3 nights in May and June 2020 for a total acquisition time of 7 hours.
(stay tuned for the hubble palette version)

The William Optics Redcat with QHY16200A with its 7 position filter wheel is now available for subscription, see here for details.

The North America Nebula (NGC 7000 or Caldwell 20) is an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus that resembles the shape of North America and The Gulf Of Mexico. It lies at a distance of approximately 1800 light years away from us.
This image contains some very interesting areas such as The Cygnus Wall which is representative of Mexico and Central America, the nearby emission objects Pelican Nebula (IC5070) and the faint emission nebula IC5068

Technical Details
Captured and processed by: Terry Hancock
Location: GrandMesaObservatory.com Purdy Mesa, Colorado
May 5th, 25th, June 8th
HA 240 min 24 x 900 sec
LRGB 180 min 9 x 300 sec
Filters by Chroma
Camera: QHY16200A
Gain 0, Offset 130 Calibrated with Flat, Dark and Bias Frames.
Optics: William Optics Redcat 51 APO @ F4.9
EQ Mount: Paramount ME
Image Acquisition software Maxim DL6
Pre Processing in Pixinsight
Post Processed in Photoshop CC


Sky plot

Sky plot


Cosmic Continent, The Sequel, 


            Terry Hancock