Birding in Cygnus

Howard Trottier
Location of photo
Cabin in the Sky Observatory, South Okanagan, BC, Canada
Date/Time of photo
Summer 2012, seven nights. Image processing completed December 2014.
PlaneWave CDK17, Paramount ME, Apogee U16M and filter wheel, Astrodon filters and MOAG, Starlight Xpress Lodestar guide camera
I've framed my image of the Pelican nebula with the "pelican" structure right of centre, and have given emphasis instead to another part of the nebular complex, which I've placed near the top left "third" of the frame; this structure, with its long neck and angled head, looks to me like a Little Blue Heron catching a fish. So I call this image Birding in Cygnus, with a heron and a pelican lying inside a great swan ;).

One thought on “Birding in Cygnus

  1. Howard-Trottier Post author

    For what it’s worth, I forgot to note that this was shot in Ha, SIII, and OIII filters, with 17 hours of total exposure used for the final image (Ha unbinned, SII and OIII binned 2×2). The colour mapping scheme is approximately SII as red, Ha as orange, and OIII as cyan.

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