The North America & Pelican Nebulas

North America and Pelican Nebula, taken with Optolong filter
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Redcat51 telescope with ZWO ASI 294MC Pro camera on a Celestron AVX mount
The “mobile” setup. Ignore the cable mess.

It was a gloriously clear stretch of weather this past weekend, with highs in the low 20s with low humidity and clear skies at night. Taking a break from the big Celestron SCT, I brought out the William Optics Redcat 51 and photographed a few interesting parts of the Milky Way.

The Optolong l-eXtreme filter does a great job of toning down the stars while bringing up the nebulosity of the North America & Pelican Nebulas.

Capture Details

  • Imaging telescopes or lenses: William Optics RedCat 51
  • Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 294MC PRO ZWO ASI 294 MC PRO 
  • Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 50mm Guidescope
  • Guiding cameras: Orion Starshoot Autoguider 
  • Filters: Optolong L-eXtreme 2″
  • Accessory: QHY Polemaster

  • Dates: May 28, 2021
  • Frames: 57×360″ (5h 42′)
  • Integration: 5h 42′
  • Avg. Moon age: 17.12 days
  • Avg. Moon phase: 93.87%

Basic astrometry details

  • Astrometry.net job: 4577378
  • RA center: 20h 56′ 7″
  • DEC center: +44° 9′ 39″
  • Pixel scale: 3.847 arcsec/pixel
  • Orientation: 307.929 degrees
  • Field radius: 2.589 degrees

Full capture details on Astrobin: https://www.astrobin.com/mo1r5b/

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