IC5070: Pelican Nebula

IC5070: Pelican Nebula

IC5070: Pelican Nebula

IC5070, known as the Pelican Nebula, is a H II region associated with the North American Nebula in the constellation Cygnus. A molecular cloud filled with dark dust separates IC5070 from the North American Nebula, which is out of frame to the left on this image.

It is a very active region of star formation — these new stars are ionizing gas clouds and creating a very strong Hydrogen Alpha emissions area. Below is a black and white image showing just the narrow band hydrogen alpha channel in the image – demonstrating just how active an Ha region it is.

IC5070 Hydrogen Alpha Channel, 15X240s bin 2X2

Image & Equipment Details:
Date: 6/24/17
HaLRGB Image, 284 Minutes total Integration
R: 14X240s Bin 2X2
G: 14X240s Bin 2X2
B: 14X240s Bin 2X2
L: 14X240s Bin 2X2
Ha: 15X240s Bin 2X2

Calibrated with bias, flat, and dark frames
Processed in PixInsight
Temp: -20C

Imaging Scope: Explore Scientific 127CF Apochromatic Triplet
Imaging Camera: SBIG STF-8300M

Annotated Image: