IC 5070 - The Pelican Nebula


Date:

 

July 8, 2017

Location:

 

Blankenberghe , Belgium (homebase) - heavy lightpollution

Description:

 

The Pelican Nebula (also known as IC 5070 and IC 5067) is an H II region associated with the North America Nebula in the constellation Cygnus. The gaseous contortions of this emission nebula bear a resemblance to a pelican, giving rise to its name. The Pelican Nebula is located nearby first magnitude star Deneb, and is divided from its more prominent neighbour, the North America Nebula, by a molecular cloud filled with dark dust. The Pelican is much studied because it has a particularly active mix of star formation and evolving gas clouds. (Source: Wikipedia)

Equipment:

 

Telescope: 

Tecnosky 80mm flatfield APO - focal length 344mm - f-ratio: 4.3

Camera:

Canon 1300D Astrodon modified - CLS-clip in-filter

Mount:

Celestron Advanced VX

Guiding:

Orion Shorttube Achromat 80mm - ASI120MC - Dual mounted

Software: 

 

Capture: 

Canon Camera Connect App 

Guiding:

PHD 2

Post-process:

Pixinsight - Adobe Photoshop

Image details:

 

Light frames:

15 x 5 minutes ISO 200

Calibration: 

5  x 5 minutes dark frames ISO 200

Bias-frames:

20 x 1/8000 sec ISO 200

No flats

Comments:

 

After a month of cloudy nights, the outcome looked promising. The only fact that bothered me, was that it was on a Saturday night. This meant that the bright LED-lights of a nearby carpark would be on all night. (as they quite uselessly do every Saturday night). I had to shoot at low ISO value and still nearly every light frame was overexposed. This led me to overstretch the image (which you can clearly see by the bloating of the stars). I will revisit this target under more favorable circumstances.