IC 5070 – Pelican Nebula

IC 5070

Pelican Nebula

Divided by a molecular cloud filled with dust


The Pelican Nebula is slowly being transformed. IC 5070, the official designation, is divided from the larger North America Nebula by a molecular cloud filled with dark dust. The Pelican, however, receives much study because it is a particularly active mix of star formation and evolving gas clouds. The featured picture was produced in three specific colors – light emitted by sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen — that can help us to better understand these interactions. The light from young energetic stars is slowly transforming the cold gas to hot gas, with the advancing boundary between the two, known as an ionization front, visible in bright orange on the right. Particularly dense tentacles of cold gas remain. Millions of years from now this nebula might no longer be known as the Pelican, as the balance and placement of stars and gas will surely leave something that appears completely different.

The Pelican Nebula in Cygnus


Technical card


ObjectIC 5070
Imaging telescopeExplore Scientific ED 102 APO FCD1
Imaging cameraZWO ASI 1600MM PRO
Mount SkyWatcher HEQ5 Pro
GuidingGuidescope 240mm, ZWO ASI 120MM
FilterAstronomik H-Alpha 6nm 1.25″, Astronomik OIII 6nm 1,25″, Astronomik SII 6nm 1,25″, ZWO Red, Green & Blue 1.25″
AccessoriesTS PHOTOLINE x0.80 Reducer/Korrektor
Integration30.6 hours, H-Alpha: 216×180″, OIII: 181×180″, SII: 181×180″, Red/Green/Blue each: 23×90″
Dates of recordingJune 29, 2019,  July 1, 2019,  July 16, 2019,  July 20, 2019



NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day (09/25/2019) – Link to publication


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