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NGC 7000


NGC 7000: Cyngus Wall (North America Nebula) in Cygnus

RA = 20h 58 min; Dec = 43 deg 56 min

Date & Site:

Imaged on 09/03/13; Runningman Observatory, Carlsbad, CA

Clear; very good seeing


Telescope: Takahashi FSQ 106 Refractor (fl 530 at f/5)

Mount: Losmandy G-11 with Gemini
Camera: ST-10XME; CFW10 with Astrodon filters;

Prime focus guiding


Exposures: 105 min of Ha; 90 min each OIII and SII for a total of 4 hrs 45 min

Color mapped by assigning Ha to Green; OIII to blue and SII to Red

FOV = 58.6 x 39.6 arc minutes

The North America Nebula is a massive emission nebula located close to Deneb in Cygnus. The remarkable shape of the nebula resembles that of the continent of North America. This image highlights the most interesting area - that represented as Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico. The Cygnus Wall (bright orange band in photo) rests along what would be the western coast of Mexico . The Wall is an ionization front where UV light from hot, young stars is transforming cold interstellar gas into ionized hydrogen as new stars are created..

1500 light years away

Cropped and reduced 60% from original

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