North America and Pelican Complex

Now the full three-color narrowband version of the North America and Pelican Complex, following my earlier Ha monochrome version. Both nebulae 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 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.

This is a composite of Ha, OIII and SII exposures with more than 8 hours total exposure time. As usual, the colors are artificial and chosen to give a clear and pleasing representation of the data. I might add other color-schemes later.


Exposure: HOS, (52,30,24) x 300sec Date: 2016-7-17…2016-7-24
Setup: Takumar 135mm f2.5 with ATIK 460EXm Site: Felanitx, Mallorca, Spain

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