Photo of the Week for May 26, 2017
Summer is on its way—and along with the arrival of the warm weather, a new batch of deep-sky wonders enters the evening sky. One of summer’s most popular targets (especially for imagers) is the North America Nebula, situated in northern Cygnus. Under dark skies this large object is dimly visible in binoculars and is a treat in a small, wide-field telescope equipped with a nebula filter. The North America Nebula is catalogued as NGC7000, while the smaller cloud to its right, known as the Pelican Nebula, is IC5070. First-magnitude Deneb is the bright star at upper right.
This wide-field view of the region was captured by Marc Ricard from Oak Heights, Ontario. He used a modified Canon EOS 60D DSLR camera at ISO 1600, and a Rokinon 135mm lens set to f/3.2 to record the 12, 120-second frames stacked to produce the photo shown here.