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 a narrowband image.  A modified Hubble palette was used.

OTA: William Optics Star71

Camera: Atik 460ex w/EFW2 filter wheel

Filters: Astrodon Ha/OIII/SII  (all 3nm)

Mount: AP Mach1

Exposure:  Ha:SII:OIII   160:120:120 (m)  bin 1x1

Data obtained: August - November, 2015

Meadowlark Ridge Observatory
Meadowlark Ridge Observatory