NGC 7000 is known as the “North America Nebula”. It is an emission nebula which can be found in the constellation Cygnus.
It is a very large nebula as it covers an area of more than 4 times the size of the full moon, it lies at a distance of about 1.600 light years.

The nebulousity on the right side of the image is called the “Pelican Nebula” (IC5070).
Both nebulae lie at approx. the same distance and are separated by a dark absorption cloud (dust).

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Object info
Name NGC7000 – The North America Nebula
Type Emission nebula
Constellation Cygnus
Right ascension 20h 59m 17s
Declination +44° 31′ 44″
Distance 1.600 ly
Other designations Sh2-117, Caldwell 20
Image info
Image date Aug. 31, 2010
Light frames 10x 6 min. IDAS LPS-P2 unbinned
Total integration 1h
Dark frames 4x
Flat frames 5x p. filter unbinned. Created with an A3 size Posterpoweruk flatfield panel
Bias frames 5x
Software used CCDOps, CCDSoft, ImagesPlus, PixInsight LE, Photoshop CS2
Processing CCDOPS was used for focussing. Image Acquisition was done using CCDSoft.
All separate frames were calibrated, aligned and stacked in ImagesPlus 2.8.
Photoshop CS2 was used for further processing – curves adjustment, levels adjustment, etc.
Noel Carboni’s toolset was used as well (Local Contrast Enhancement, Deep Space Noise Reduction)
Equipment info
Telescope TMB/LOMO 80/480
Corrector Televue 2″ TRF 2008 flattener/reducer (FL: 384mm f/4.8)
Mount Losmandy G-11
Camera SBIG ST-8300M
Guide camera Atik 1HS Mono
Guide scope Vixen VMC110L
Autoguide software Guidemaster
Filters 2″ IDAS LPS-P2
Location Landgraaf, The Netherlands
Image comments

Most subframes were taken with +/- 50% moon rising.