NGC7000 (North America Nebula)

NGC7000 (North America Nebula)

Here is my first attempt to capture NGC7000 aka North America Nebula.


The NGC7000 is a large emission nebula located in the vicinity of Deneb, the brightest star in Cygnus (it is not in the field of view of this image).

The nebula covers a very large region of a night sky - 120 x 100 arc minutes - that is about ten times the area of the full moon.

Interestingly, the distance to NGC7000 is a subject of debate. The evaluations in scientific literature vary by factor 10x, although currently most astronomers accept a value of 600 pc ±50 pc (~2000 light years). The reason for is that there are few precise methods for determining how far away HII regions lie. Your can read Star Formation and Young Clusters in Cygnus amazing research article by Bo Reipurth and Nicola Schneider to learn more about it :)

1 parsec (pc) ~ 3.26 light-years (ly)

Color palette

H-S-O for R-G-B mapping with Ha, SII, and OIII filter data.


Home observatory-on-balcony in Cottbus, Germany.

For nerds

  • Light pollution: with SQM of 19.89 mag./arc sec2 center of Cottbus is around Bortle 5 sky.
  • Imaging optics: William Optics ZenithStar 80mm f/6.8 ED Refractor and WO Flat6AIII (0.8x)
  • Mount: SW HEQ5 PRO
  • Camera: ZWO ASI-294MM
  • Filters: ZWO Ha, OIII, SII (7nm)
  • Guiding: WO 50mm f/4 Guide Scope and ASI120MM-Mini
  • Other tech: ZWO EFW, ZWO EAF
  • Imaging @ Gain: 120 | Cooling: -10C | Bin1 (8288*5644px)
  • Integration: ca. 2 hours; 300" exposures per image all filters.
  • Software: PixInsight, Stellarium
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My research interests include energy economics, mathematical modelling, and energy-related programmable matter.