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Pelican Nebula (IC 5070) on 35mm Film, 


Pelican Nebula (IC 5070) on 35mm Film
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Pelican Nebula (IC 5070) on 35mm Film

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Meade MTS-SN6

Imaging cameras: Olympus OM-1

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Meade MTS-SN6

Dates:Sept. 7, 2002

Frames: 1x1800"

Integration: 0.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 0.43 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.20%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3320834

RA center: 20h 51' 53"

DEC center: +43° 48' 57"

Pixel scale: 7.783 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 27.670 degrees

Field radius: 1.560 degrees

Resolution: 802x1200

Data source: Traveller


A 35mm film image of the Pelican Nebula (IC 5070) just to the right of the North America Nebula (NGC 7000). I used Elite Chrome 200 slide film. The 30-minute exposure was manually guided through a Lumicon Newtonian Easy Guider OAG with a 3x relay Barlow and a 12mm illuminated reticle eyepiece. The telescope was a Meade MTS-SN6 6-inch Schmidt-Newtonian, which came with its own unique fork mount driven by an old-fashioned AC motor drive. Vintage 80's technology.

This was one of several good images from only my fourth night of taking prime-focus, deep-sky astrophotos. Naturally, I was quite pleased with such an early success and even today I don't think it is a bad image. The main problem with film compared to digital, besides significantly less sensitivity, is that star sizes are much larger because of a phenomenon called halation. Better processing using the programs available today, including pseudo-flat fielding and star-size reduction, would probably improve this image immensely.


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Pelican Nebula (IC 5070) on 35mm Film,