Russell Croman Astrophotography  



Mountains in the Mist

About This Photograph

This is a close-up of the Pelican Nebula. Soaring high overhead on summer nights in the constellation of Cygnus, this area brims over with light from energized gas. Copious ultraviolet radiation from nearby young stars causes the gas to glow. In front of this luminous backdrop, dense clouds of gas and dust are silhouetted, giving rise to the intriguing dark pillars and globules.

For a wide-field view of this area, click here. (See if you can spot the above field in it.)

For a color version of the above photo, click here.


Technical Details

Optics:20" f/8 RCOS Ritchey-Chrétien Cassegrain w/ RCOS Field Corrector.
Mount:Software Bisque Paramount ME.
Camera:SBIG STL-11000M.
Filters:Clear (unfiltered).
Dates/Times:3 August 2005.
Location:Dimension Point Observatory, Mayhill, New Mexico.
Exposure Details:270 minutes.
Acquisition:MaxIm DL/CCD 4, TheSky6, CCDAutoPilot2.
Processing:MaxIm DL/CCD 4, Photoshop CS2.