- Description: There are actually a few nebula in this image but the dominant one is the North America
nebula, also known as NGC7000. Pretty easy to see why it is so named as the Gulf of Mexico is so well defined!
Less well defined is IC5070 next door or the Pelican nebula. With a bit of imagination you can pick out the head,
an eyeball, beak and wing. This shot is my second with a fairly new scope called the Redcat 51. It is essentially
a 250mm telephoto designed specifically for astrophotography and does the job very well! Exposure was cut short when
a bank of forest fire smoke drifted in but still a shot I am happy to share. Distance is about 1800 light years.
- Camera: SBIG STF-8300M at -10C
- Filters: Baader RGB filters.
- Scope: Redcat 51 refractor at f4.9
- Exposure: 4 x 10 minutes per RGB channel.
- Location: near Cayley, Alberta
- Date: August 13th, 2021