Best of AOP - Diffuse Nebulae

The Pelican Nebula (IC 5070)

This emission nebula surrounds a cluster of young, hot stars that lie about 1800 lightyears distant. For another view of this nebula, see the NOAO/KPNO image taken with the Mayall 4-meter telescope.

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Last Updated: 12-Jun-2014

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20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.1

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

One iteration of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp was applied to the luminance image.

The data was taken through high clouds- the remnant of a thunderstorm.

Luminance = 80 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 15 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 15 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 15 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF