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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A panoramic view to the North america Nebula

A New photo of the North America Nebula shows the area of "Mexican gulf". Also called as a Great Wall of Cygnus. This is a two frame mosaic and it spans about two degrees of sky horizontally.
Total exposure time is 9 hours for this relatively bright area.

Great Wall of Cygnus
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Image is in mapped colours, from the emission of ionized elements, R=Sulphur, G=Hydrogen and B=Oxygen.

A closeup
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Image in visual spectrum
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Image is in Natural colour palette from the emission of ionized elements, 
R=Hydrogen + Sulphur, G=Oxygen and B=Oxygen + ~10% Hydrogen.
Hydrogen, glowing a red light, dominates the color scheme.

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Area of interest is marked as a white rectangle 
This wide field photo of the North America and Pelican Nebulae was shot with Canon EF 200 mm f1.8 camera lens, QHY9 astrocam and Baader narrowband filters.

Technical details

Processing work flow

Image acquisition, MaxiDL v5.07.
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack2.
Deconvolution with a CCDStack2 Positive Constraint, 33 iterations, added at 50% weight
Color combine in PS CS3
Levels and curves in PS CS3.

Imaging optics
Celestron Edge HD 1100 @ f10 with 0,7 focal reducer for Edge HD 1100 telescope

10-micron 1000

Cameras and filters
Imaging camera Apogee Alta U16 and Apogee seven slot filter wheel
Guider camera, Lodestar x2 and SXV-AOL
Astrodon filter, 5nm H-alpha
Astrodon filter, 3nm O-III
Astrodon filter, 3nm S-II

Exposure times for both panels
H-alpha, 15 x 1200 s = 5 h
O-III, 6 x 1200 s binned 2x2 = 2 h 
S-II,  6 x 1200 s binned 2x2 = 2 h 
Total 9 h

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