Pelican Nebula – Enhanced Detail

According to Wikipedia:

“The Pelican is much studied because it has 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.”

“Millions of years from now this nebula may no longer be known as the Pelican, as the balance and placement of stars and gas will leave something that appears completely different.”

Compared to my previous versions of this nebula, it is a little easier to see the pelican on the left hand side of this image due to the wider field of view that is a characteristic of the Takahashi FSQ106EDXIII telescope. It was captured in narrowband filters with 20 Sulphur, 17 Hydrogen-Alpha, and 16 Oxygen stacked images mapped to Red, Green and Blue as in the Hubble Palette.

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PELICAN NEBULA

With the improving weather I was able to finish this off. The benefits of longer exposures are starting to pay off. The image is a stacked composite of 90 five minute narrow band exposures taken through the Astro Physics 130MM Starfire refractor for a total exposure time of 7.5 hours. It was processed in Maxim DL and Photoshop.

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