C&C: North America and Pelican Nebulae

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Jared Willson Contributing Member • Posts: 684
C&C: North America and Pelican Nebulae
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Haven't posted here in a while... This is my first astrophotography image through a telescope in quite a few months.  I thought it came out pretty well.  It's an image of the North America Nebula (NGC 7000) and the Pelican Nebula (IC 5070) in Hydrogen Alpha light.  I took this one last night from Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, CA where I am a telescope operator and volunteer.  This one was using my own telescope.

Imaging Information:

- Astro-Physics 130mm EDFS-GT telescope with Quad Telecompressor, f/4.5

- Astro-Physics Mach 1 GTO mount

- SBIG STL-11000M camera cooled to -15*C

- Off axis guide scope with remote guide head, dithered

- 12 exposures of 10 minutes each, binned 1x1

- Darks, Bias, and Flat Frames

Processing Information:

- Captured in Maxim DL

- Calibrated, Drizzle aligned, and stretched in PixInsight

- Post processing in Photoshop (curves, high-pass contrast layers, noise reduction, sharpening)

I was pleased with how it came out.  One of the nicer widefield (by telescope standards) at this time of year.  Please feel free to provide constructive feedback, positive or negative.

Thanks - Jared

North America and Pelican Nebulae

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Hasselblad X1D Hasselblad XCD 90mm F3.2
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