7/31/05 IC 5067 in the Pelican Nebula
This shot is of IC5067, the so called elephant trunk region of the Pelican Nebula (IC5070), just behind the Pelican's eye. I'm sure there's a more official designation for this feature but I'm not sure what it is. The Pelican Nebula is a very large emission nebula located next to the even larger North American nebula in the constellation of Cygnus. This is my first ever shot of it. There's a lot of data here, over 10 hours worth. The area is somewhat faint and it took multiple nights to collect enough data to capture the detail while retaining a rich background. To incorporate the Hydrogen Alpha data I followed Rob Gendler's method of combining the HA with the Red channel to create hybrid red, and then combined as RGB, rather than using the standard LRGB combine process. Overall I'd say it worked pretty well. My usual data aquisition complaints apply, this time I was primarily hampered by "thick" air. We had a very hot and humid July, so even cloudless nights were a challenge.