The Pelican Nebula | Rod Pommier

Rod Pommier
Location of photo
Pommier Observatory, Portland, Oregon, USA
Date/Time of photo
2012-08-17 through 2012-08-22.
Telescope and Mount: Celestron Compustar C14 with Astrophysics 0.75x focal reducer (f/8.25) Camera: SBIG STL 11000M with Baader Planetarium H-alpha, R, G, B filters. SBIG AO-L adaptive optics at 3.0 Hz. Exposures: H-alpha:R:G:B=300;100:100:100 minutes =10 hours total exposure.
A close up view of the head and neck region of the Pelican Nebula in Cygnus (IC 5070). The image is a hybrid image of hydrogen-alpha and RGB data. It shows extensive nebulosity silhouetting a vast network of forking wisps and globules of dark dust. The bright region at upper right along the bak of the Pelican's neck is a shock front caused by intrusion of a separate hydrogen cloud, IC 5067. The long elephant trunk extending in front of the neck can be seen to have 2 delicate tendrils extending in opposite directions from its tip. This is material being ejected from opposite poles of a newborn star within the tip of the trunk and is known as Herbig-Haro 555.