The Cygus Wall & North America Nebula

The Cygus Wall, part of the greater North America Nebula
The Cygus Wall, part of the greater North America Nebula. Click for a larger version.

Now that Galaxy Season is largely behind us, I’ve put away the Celestron 8″ SCT and installed the RedCat 51 on my AVX mount. For the next few weeks, I’m going widefield to capture much larger objects.

It’s been a year since I added the deck onto the cottage and began to really explore the night sky. One of my first targets last year was the beautiful North America Nebula (NGC 7000) with it’s prominent Cygnus Wall, and I decided to revisit to see how my skills had progressed.

With the exact same gear & (I believe) exact same settings… my 2020 version came out with more colour & a clearer view of the Wall. Very happy with this one!

Astrophotography Capture & Processing Details

Skyplot for the North America Nebula

Imaging telescope or lens: William Optics RedCat 51
Imaging camera: ZWO ASI 294MC PRO
Mount: Celestron AVX

Frames: 125×90″
Integration: 3.1 hours
Avg. Moon age: 2.64 days
Avg. Moon phase: 7.71%

Astrometry.net job: 3557006
RA center: 20h 58′ 33″
DEC center: +42° 47′ 27″
Pixel scale: 3.840 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 72.721 degrees
Field radius: 2.607 degrees

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