(IAAC) Obj: NGC 7000 (North America Neb.) & IC 5067 (Pelican Neb.) - Inst: Telekit 25" f/4.3 dobsonian
Observer: Duane Ott
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 5/20/2001 0200 MDT
Location of site: near Cloudcroft,NM (Lat 33 N, Elev 7300')
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 8 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: Telekit 25" f/4.3 dobsonian
Object(s): NGC 7000 (North America Neb.) & IC 5067 (Pelican Neb.)
Category: Emission nebula.
Data: mag size 120'
Position: RA 20:58 DEC 44:20
Although I had always read that the N.A. Neb couldn't be seen with large
instruments, I decided to give it a try while visiting New Mexico Skies. With a
31mm Nagler and O-III filter, I found that the nebula was huge, but very bright
and obvious. With an actual field of just under 1 degree, only "Central America"
and part of "Mexico" (the brightest portion of the nebula) fit into the field at
one time. The dark lane bisecting this section was very obvious.
I could pan around the "Gulf of Mexico" to "Florida". The nebula then
gradually faded as I panned northward toward the cluster NGC 6996.
The adjacent Pelican Nebula was fainter, but the outline of the "head" and "beak" were plainly visible. The nebula filled just slightly more than a single field of view.
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