Exploring Cygnus – Part 2

The journey around the constellation of Cygnus takes us to the North America Nebula (NGC 7000) and the Pelican Nebula (IC 5070). The hydrogen emission-rich regions located in the Cygnus arm of the Milky Way core, get their names because of their resemblance to the continent and the Pelican respectively. The North American Nebula is located approximately 2,200 light years from Earth, while the Pelican Nebula, some 1,800 light years away. The pair is close to the giant star Deneb, which forms part of the Northern Cross (see image below sourced from astrobackyard.com).

This image is comprised of 1.5 hours of data using the Altair quadband filter and 2 hours with the SVbony hydrogen alpha (7nm) filter, a total integration of 3.5 hours.

Gear: Altair Hypercam 26c, Evostar 72ED, Askar 0.8 reducer, EXOS 2GT mount. Guided with SVbony 120mm scope.

Software: Phd, SharpCap, AstroPixelProcessor, PixInsight, Photoshop, Topaz Denoise.


  1. Love the photo and we’ve discussed it a bit more in depth already. But wanted to thank you for also including the star map of Cygnus and the major stars Deneb, Altair, and Vega (The Summer Triangle) to really put things in perspective! 👍👍.

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