Pelican Nebula, IC5070 and IC5067

2018-08-12 / Click on image to enlarge

"The neighbour of the famous North America Nebula."

The Pelican Nebula (also known as IC 5070 and IC 5067) is a large area of emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus, close to Deneb, and divided from its brighter, larger neighbour, the North America Nebula, by a molecular cloud filled with dark dust.

The gaseous contortions of this emission nebula bear a resemblance to a pelican, giving rise to its name. The Pelican is a particularly active mix of star formation and evolving gas clouds. The light from young energetic stars is slowly transforming cold gas to hot and causing an ionization front gradually to advance outward.

Technical Details

LocationZollikerberg, Switzerland
CameraNikon DSLR D810A
TelescopeTS ONCT 12" f/4 Carbon Newton
Special LenseTS 2,5" Wynne Coma Corrector
MountiOptron CEM60 Center-Balanced Equatorial Mount
AutoguidingLacerta MGEN2 (Autoguiding, Dithering)
Planetarium SoftwareStellarium
Image Session ControlAPT - Astro Photography Tool v3.5, ASCOM Platform 6
Lights76 x 120s (total 2h32'), ISO-1600, additional Biases, Flats, no Darks
Stacking SoftwarePixinsight 1.8, Drizzle 2x
Image ProcessingPixinsight 1.8