IC 5068

Often overlooked in the constellation Cygnus is the faint emission nebula IC 5068.  Two of its closest celestial neighbors, the North American and Pelican nebulae, get top billing but this beautiful object shines proudly in its own right.  Curtain like wisps of dark dust fall across this cloud of ionized hydrogen making it a very intriguing target to image.


This is an HaLRGB image.  The hydrogen alpha data was blended with luminance and layered on the color data.

OTA:  William Optics Star71

Camera:  Atik 460ex w/EFW2 filter wheel

Filters:  Astrodon Ha/LRGB

Mount:  AP Mach1

Exposure:  Ha:L:R:G:B     160:60:48:48:48 (m)  rgb bin 2x2

Data obtained:  August/November 2015

Meadowlark Ridge Observatory
Meadowlark Ridge Observatory