Head of the Pelican Nebula including HH555 in Mapped Color

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Image Data: Object Information:
  • Exposure:  [SII] Ha [OIII]
    • All exposures binned 1x1
    • [SII] 30x1200s, Ha 14x1200s, [OIII] 28x1200s - 24 hours total!
    • Hubble Telescope Color Pallet: Red=[SII], Green=Ha, Blue=[OIII]
  • Telescope:  Stellarvue SV152 @ f/7.9
  • Mount:  MI-250 GoTo
  • Camera:  SBIG ST-10XME CCD, SBIG CFW-10
    • AstroDon E-Series TruBalance Filters
  • Location:  Casa Cielo Observatory, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Date/Time: 
    • August 11/12 2006, 21:36-05:07 PDT
    • August 12/13 2006, 21:36-05:02 PDT
    • August 13/14 2006, 21:36-01:35 PDT
    • August 14/15 2006, 21:35-05:16 PDT
  • Processing: Taken  in CCDSoft v5 using CCD Commander.  Reduced, aligned, and combined sub-exposures for each channel in CCDStack. Stretching (curves), color combine, selective bluring, and selective unsharp mask in Photoshop.
  • Name:  Pelican Nebula (head region), IC5070, Herbig Haro 555 (feature in the center of the image)
  • Type:  Emission Nebula
  • Constellation:  Cygnus
  • Distance:  1800 light years

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