Pelican Nebula


The Pelican Nebula (IC 5070) is a reflection nebula found in Cygnus (The Swan). The full nebula is 80' in size.

The image above was taken with the ST-8E camera at f/5 on the new FSQ 106N and AP900 from Mistletoe Observatory in Monmouth Oregon.  It has data from three nights spanning Aug 3 through Aug 10, 2007.  It is an Ha+RGB composite (as detailed below) with a total exposure time of 3 hours 20 min.  The Ha and R were averaged to get the red frame for a RGB merge.  Calibration and alignment were done in MaxIm DL.  Final processing was done with Photoshop.


Exposure Count Binning
Hydrogen Alpha 2 hr 30 min 10 x 15 min 1x1
Red 20 min 10 x 2 min 1x1
Green 10 min 5 x 2 min 1x1
Blue 20 min 5 x 4 min 1x1

Previous shot.  Taken at the Oregon Star party on August 10, 2002.

In the above shot, the bright area is the neck with part of the bill on the left. The whole nebula is not shown. This shot was taken at f/6.3 with the 12" LX200, AO7, and ST-8E CCD. 

Filter Exposure Count Binning
Red 30 min 3 x 10 min 2x2
Green 30 min 3 x 10 min 2x2
Blue 50 min 5 x 10 min 2x2

No special processing was done