IC 5070 / IC 5067 - Pelican Nebula in Hubble Color Palette

Pelican Nebula

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Location / Date

Zellerndorf, June 2015

Telescope / Mount / Guiding

ASA 10" Astrograph, ASA 2" Quattro Coma-Corrector (focal length: 1057mm, f4.1)
ASA DDM60, no Guiding

Camera / Exposure

FLI ML8300
Hα 5nm Astrodon Filter 12 x 20min
OIII 3nm Astrodon Filter 12 x 20min
SII 3nm Astrodon Filter 14 x 20min
total 12h 40min


Theli, Fitswork, PixInsight, Photoshop

The image is in mapped colors: SII = Red, Hα = Green and OIII = Blue
known as Hubble (HST) Palette


The Pelican Nebula (also known as IC 5070 and IC 5067 is an H II region associated with the North America Nebula in the constellation Cygnus. The gaseous contortions of this emission nebula bear a resemblance to a pelican, giving rise to its name. The Pelican Nebula is located nearby first magnitude star Deneb, and is divided from its more prominent neighbour, the North America Nebula, by a molecular cloud filled with dark dust.
The Pelican is a particularly active mix of star formation and evolving gas clouds. The light from young energetic stars is slowly transforming cold gas to hot and causing an ionization front gradually to advance outward. Particularly dense filaments of cold gas are seen to still remain, and among these are found two jets emitted from the Herbig–Haro object 555.

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