North America & Pelican Nebulae

Photographer
moonrocks
Email
moonrocksastro@gmail.com
Location of photo
Valencia
Date/Time of photo
Dates: July 8, 2015, July 9, 2015
Equipment
Technical card Imaging telescopes or lenses: Vixen VSD100 f/3.8 Astrograph Imaging cameras: Starlight Express SXVR-H18 Mounts: Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Pro Guiding telescopes or lenses: Vixen VSD Guiding cameras: sx loadstar Software: PixInsight 1.8, Photoshop CS5 Filters: Baader O III 8.5nm, Baader Ha 8.5nm Accessories: Starlight Xpress USB filter wheel, Starlight Xpress Lodestar Guider
Description
The Pelican Nebula (also known as IC 5070 and IC 5067[1]) is an H II region associated with the North America Nebula in the constellation Cygnus. The gaseous contortions of this emission nebula bear a resemblance to a pelican, giving rise to its name.[1] The Pelican Nebula is located nearby first magnitude star Deneb, and is divided from its more prominent neighbour, the North America Nebula, by a molecular cloud filled with dark dust. The Pelican is much studied because it has 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. Particularly dense filaments of cold gas are seen to still remain, and among these are found two jets emitted from the Herbig–Haro object 555.[1] Millions of years from now this nebula might no longer be known as the Pelican, as the balance and placement of stars and gas will leave something that appears completely different.
Website
https://www.flickr.com/photos/131684026@N08/
CATEGORIES
Nebula & Galaxy Pictures, Online Gallery
Paul Swift

About moonrocks

Having had a background in the arts and worked professionally as a cinematographer and lighting cameraman, astrophotography made for a natural change in focus. I had always wanted to turn my camera to the skies. A move away from London to Valencia, Spain presented me with the perfect opportunity to do just that. The art work you see on this site was produced using basic equipment from a modest home observatory.