NGC 7000 is known as the North America
Nebula. IC 5070 is known as the Pelican Nebula. The reasons for
thier names is obvious. They lie approximately 1700 light years
away in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way. They are actually part of
the same molecular cloud, separated by dark nebulae. LDN 934 separates
the Gulf of Mexico from the body of the Pelican. LDN 935 separates
the Canadian region from the head of the Pelican.
The North America nebula was discovered
by William Herschel in 1786. Max Wolf photographed it in 1890. It
was he who likened the image to North America.
Color images were calibrated,
aligned, and combined using ImagesPlus and adjusted (levels, curves,
cropping) in Photoshop. Ha images were captured, aligned, and combined
in CCDSoft. The images were aligned in RegiStar and combined in
Photoshop. Topaz Detail and DeNoise were applied.
The color image was originally
taken at the Nebraska Star Party on 7/14/07. The Ha images were
collected on 8/31/20.