IC 5067 - Section of Pelican Nebula in Cygnus


IC 5067 has its own designation in the Pelican Nebula (IC 5070), which is a large cloud of hydrogen gas in which stars are being formed. This nebula is adjacent to the North American Nebula, another well-known object. They are separated by dark clouds of dust and gas that give the Pelican and North American nebulae their characteristic shapes. The Pelican Nebula lies approximately 1800 light years away and has a span of 30 light years.

This nebula contains what are known as Herbig-Haro objects. These are patches of nebulosity associated with new stars, which shoot out narrow jets of gas that collide with adjacent clouds of dust. The ejections are aligned with the star's rotational axis. Herbig-Haro objects are relatively transient, lasting for only a few thousand years.


TS-10 f/5 Newtonian


Ha: ST-8300 w/Astronomik 12nm Ha filter; unbinned
Color: Modified Canon 650D; ISO 1600; Raw capture

Mount: iOptron CEM60 guided with QHY 5L II-M on 60mm guide scope

Ha: 24 @ 7.5 min. (3 hrs.)
Color: 20 @ 5 min.


Ha images were focused, acquired, reduced, aligned, and combined in CCDSoft.

Color images were focused using the camera's live view (and Bahtinov mask). Frames were aligned and combined using ImagesPlus and adjusted in Photoshop.

Ha frames were aligned in RegiStar and combined in Photoshop. The Ha composite was combined with the Luminance image from the color frame. The Ha-L and color images were then aligned in RegiStar and combined/adjusted in Photoshop. Topaz Detail and DeNoise were applied.

Captured from my backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota on 7/30 and 8/4 of 2019.

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