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IC 5070


IC5070: Pelican Nebula in Cygnus

RA = 20 hr 50 min; Dec =44 deg 20 min

Date & Site:

Imaged on 6/16/18; Palomar Mountain

Conditions: temps in the mid 60's; calm; good seeing; very humid.


Telescope: TEC140; 980mm at f/7.2

Guider: Hutech OAG-5 with SBIG STi

Mount: AP1100 CP3GOTO
Camera: FLI 6303E; CFW 2-7; Astrodon Ha (3nm); SHO filters


Exposures: 30 min Ha, OIII, and SII for a total of 90 minutes (session cut short due to clouds, 96% humidity, and dew).

Also known as the Pelican nebula, IC 5070 is an active mix of star formation and evolving gas clouds. The light from young energetic stars is slowly cooling hydrogen and other gases causing an ionization front to gradually advance outward. This image was framed to emphasize the Pelican shaped clouds of mostly molecular hydrogen and doubly ionized oxygen

Located 1800 light years away

Field of View = 97 x 65 arc minutes

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