August 2020 - Picture of the Month
The North American (NGC 7000) and Pelican (IC 5070) Nebulae in Cygnus
I couldn't quite believe that I've overlooked this pair of nebulae. I've looked at them through my telescope, with binoculars and they're a favourite in the imaging world, but nope, there not in the Picture of the Month catalogue. Until now.They are a fine sight with the North American nebula (NGC 7000) on the left and the Pelican nebula (IC 5070) on the right in the image above. There's a band of thick dust running between them to form the two nebulae and the 'Gulf of Mexico' feature. I can't say that I've had a view like this visually. The brighter regions stand out, especially with a UHC filter on the eyepiece, but nothing like this.
As an astrophotographer Sara's used a hydrogen alpha filter and long exposures to bring out this level of detail, which is pretty standard practice these days, or so I understand.
Whilst I've chosen to present the 'classical' view of this pair. She also combined this with some O-III data for a spectacular image you'll have to visit her website to see. It's worth it, and she also has a much better version of this image there too.
James Whinfrey - Website Administrator.