IC 5070 – The Pelican Nebula

IC 5070 lies closely to the nebula NGC 7000 in the constellation, Cygnus. This large emission nebula looks like a pelican to some viewers which gives it its name, The Pelican Nebula. The Pelican lies close to the star Deneb, about 1800 light years from our solar system, and the dark space splitting IC 5070 and NGC 7000 is actually a dark nebula. The Pelican Nebula is an active star forming region that is highly studied due to it’s evolving gas clouds.

This nebula has an apparent magnitude of 8.0, but due to its large size it was not visible in my telescope from my back yard. I had to use the camera to try to center it the best I could for imaging.

IC 5070 – The Pelican Nebula 06-27-2014

This is 17 images at 5 minutes a piece, 22 dark frames, 22 flat frames, and 22 bias frames. Stacked in deep sky stacker and post processing in Photoshop. I personally don’t see a pelican in this nebula whether it’s my picture or one of the others out there online, but either way this is a huge and beautiful nebula.

Equipment:
Omni XLT 150
CG-5 Advanced Series Go-To
PHD autoguiding
Orion Starshoot autoguider
Modified Canon 350D

IC 1396 – Elephant Trunk

IC 1396 is located in the constellation, Cepheus, and is around 2450 light years away from Earth. This region is comprised of a dense gas cloud being compressed by intense radiation and stellar winds from a nearby star to the left of the cloud. These winds are responsible for sculpting the elephant trunk globule. Many young stars less than 100,000 years old within the nebula, and two older stars near the head of the elephant trunk. Emission nebulae, such as IC 1396, absorb light from nearby stars which causes them to glow, and these nebulae are, often times, regions of space where new stars are being formed.

Location of IC 1396 in Cepheus.

Location of IC 1396 in Cepheus.

I was unable to see this nebula through the eyepiece of the telescope, and only with long exposures was the nebula starting to make an appearance. This region of space is quite large at around 3 degrees, and my image contains a small area of around 1 degree. There is plenty more to this nebula, but I wanted to capture the elephant trunk and some of the surrounding dark nebula within the region.

IC 1396 – Elephant Trunk Nebula, 08-05-13.

This image is 53 light frames at 120 seconds a piece, 45 dark frames, 35 flat frames, and 40 bias frames. Images stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, and post processing done in Photoshop. Had to do a little burn/dodge to help make the darker regions pop out a bit more as the red from the nebula bled into the darker region. I may revisit this region later on this year.

Equipment:
Omni XLT 150 with CG-4 mount
Modded Canon 350D
T-ring and adapter
Intervalometer
Polar Scope for alignment

IC 1318 – The Sadr Region

The Sadr region is an emissions nebula surrounding the star Sadr (Gamma Cygni) in the constellation Cygnus; the central star in the “Northern Cross,” and the third brightest star in the constellation. Sadr comes from the Arabic phrase meaning “the hen’s breast.” This star and nebula are placed in the northern portion of the great rift of the Milky Way. This region spans quite a large distance, but my camera view only captures about 1 degree of the whole area. IC 1318 also contains a few dark nebulae.

Location of the Sadr Region

Location of the Sadr Region

Although this nebula is listed as a 2.2 magnitude I was unable to make out any of it through my telescope. Upon shooting long exposures you can start to make out the reds of the nebulous region around the bright star, Sadr.

IC1318 – Sadr Region 07-09-13

This image is 58 images at 2 minutes a piece, ISO 800, 27 dark frames, and 33 flat frames. Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, and post processing done in Photoshop.

Equipment:
Omni XLT 150 with CG-4 mount
Modded Canon 350D
T-ring and adapter
Intervalometer
Polar Scope for alignment