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 (SHO), 


            Terry Hancock
Cosmic Continent The Sequel (SHO)
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Cosmic Continent The Sequel (SHO)

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

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: William Optics 51mm Redcat Redcat

Imaging cameras: QHYCCD 16200A 16200

Mounts: software bisque Paramount ME

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Lodestar Autoguider X2

Software: PixInsight 1.8  ·  Starnet ++  ·  Adobe Photoshopc CC

Filters: Chroma Technology LRGB filters  ·  Chroma Ha 5nm, OIII 5nm, SII 5nm

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3608679

RA center: 20h 52' 44"

DEC center: +43° 56' 56"

Pixel scale: 4.967 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 2.160 degrees

Field radius: 3.910 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 Hubble Palette (SHO) 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

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

In this Hubble Palette version the H-Alpha is mapped to green, SII is mapped to red and OIII is mapped to the blue channel. I removed the stars using Starnet and replaced them with the naturally colored stars from the broadband image, while the colors in this image are not the true colors, the narrowband filters used in the making of this Hubble Palette image reveal much more of the hidden gasses not visible in a broadband image.

Captured over 7 nights in May and June 2020 for a total acquisition time of 15 hours.

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, 20th, 21st, 25th, 29th, 31st, June 8th

HA 240 min 24 x 900 sec
OIII 255 min 25 x 900 sec
SII 225 min 23 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 MEII
Image Acquisition software Maxim DL6
Pre Processing in Pixinsight
Post Processed in Photoshop CC
Star Removal by Starnet


Sky plot

Sky plot


Cosmic Continent The Sequel (SHO), 


            Terry Hancock