The North America Nebula ... NGC 7000
August 18, 2020
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The North America Nebula ... NGC 7000
This is my first image using the Red-Green-Blue filters on the monochrome ZWO ASI 1600mm camera. I captured 20 minutes in each of the colors then combined them in Photoshop resulting in a 1 hour exposure.

This is an emission nebula (which has a conspicuous resemblance to the North America Continent) in the constellation Cygnus the Swan and very near the bright star Deneb (Which is one of the 3 bright stars composing the 'Summer Triangle'). It is large, covering an area of more than four times the size of the full moon; but its surface brightness is low, so normally it cannot be seen with the unaided eye. It is about 1,600 light-years away.

Combining the black and white images into the RGB channels

The RED Filter image

The GREEN Filter image

The BLUE Filter image

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to watch my video on how I captured and processed this color image.

That 'Techy' Stuf
Telescope: Orion ED80T CF Triplet Apochromatic Refractor
Field Reducer: Orion 0.8x
Mount: Celestron CGEM
Mount Control Software: Celestron PWI
Camera: ZWO ASI 1600mm with the sensor Temperature setting at 14°F (-10°C)
Focus Controller: Pegasus Cube Focuser
Filter Wheel: 1.25" ZWO EFW
Filters: Astronomik Deep Sky set: RGB
Capture Software: N.I.N.A.
Settings: Binning 1x1 ... Fits files ... Gain: 139 Offset: 30
Light Frames: 4 each R-G-B at 300 seconds
Dark, Flat and Bias Frames: 20 ea
Guiding: Altair GPCAM2 & 60mm Guide Scope
Guiding: PHD2
Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
Post Processing: Photoshop CC
Seeing conditions: 8 (based on 0-10 where 10 is crystal clear)
Outside Temperature: 80°F
Bortle Light-Pollution zone: 4.5 (can barely see the Milky Way)
Date: August 18, 2020
Location: Backyard, Savannah GA

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