Pelican Nebula  
Scope: Deep Sky Instruments RC10c 254mm @ f/7.4 Corrected Ritchey Chretien  
Camera: Q453HR CCD Labs- One Shot Color Camera 
Total Exposure: 11.8 hours 47 x 15 min. unbinned
July 2010: Chico, California, USA 
Comments: The Pelican Nebula (also known as IC5070 and IC5067) is an H II region associated with the North America Nebula in the constellation Cygnus. The nebula resembles a pelican in shape, hence the name. The Pelican is much studied because it has a particularly active mix of star formation and evolving gas clouds. The light from young energetic stars is slowly transforming cold gas to hot and causing an ionization front gradually to advance outward. Particularly dense filaments of cold gas are seen to still remain.