IC 5068 in Cygnus


Scope: Megrez II  f/2.6; Location: Dos Picos Park, Ramona, CA;  6 Sept. 2004; Camera: ToUcam SC3

Exposure: 12 x 24 sec and 15 x 8 sec Luminance exposures with Baader IR Block Filter, 6  x 240 sec H-Alpha exposure; 12 x 24 sec RGB 

Processing: Images were captured in K3CCDTools. Aligned/stacked in Registax and saved as FITS. Luminance and Color channels were scaled and rough color balanced in Astroart. Channels were co-registered in Astroart. The Nebulosity was extracted from HA and then combined with the 24 sec IR  for Luminance in Photoshop - The 8 sec IR was not used. Extracted nebula from HA was used to provide false color for the nebula in the  Red channel. Luminance and Color FITS were combined in Photoshop with Luminance Layering. Color balancing and final touches in Photoshop. SGBNR (PixInsight LE) was used to smooth background noise on  Luminance channel as well as the final result. Image was resized to 800 x 600.

This image was taken with moderate light pollution conditions. This is a guided image. IC 5068 is located about 1.5 degrees south of the Pelican Nebula in a Hydrogen emission area. The object has three parts; left, center and right. This is the center portion. North is up.  Horizontal FOV is about 80'


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