Mexico and Central American Region of North America Nebula (NGC 7000)

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NGC 7000, commonly known as the North America Nebula, was discovered by William Herschel in 1786. It is a very large emission nebula, covering approximately two degrees (4X larger than the full moon). It lies 1600-1800 light years away in the constellation of Cygnus.

NGC 7000 is actually part of a much larger H II gas cloud that includes the Pelican Nebula (IC 5070). They are separated by a large dust lane.


152mm TMB/LZOS f/8 refractor

Camera: Ha: SBIG ST-8300 with Baader filters (7nm Ha)
Color: Modified Canon 650D; ISO 1600; raw capture
Mount: iOptron CEM 60
Guiding: Orion SSAG Pro on 300mm f/5.5 lens

Ha: 30 @ 5 min. (2.5 hr.)
Color: 24 @ 5 min. (2 hr.)


Images were focused, reduced, aligned, and combined in CCDSoft. The Ha and RGB images were aligned in Registar and the composite image was created and adjusted in Photoshop. Topaz Detail and DeNoise were applied.


Taken from my backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota on 6/26-28/16. Temp: 60 F. Seeing was average.

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