IC5070 Pelican Nebula "Neck" Detail

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Taken June 28, 2004 from my backyard in Castro Valley, Ca.

C14 imaging scope @4430mm focal length (f/12.46) with Camera Rotator and stabilized with mirror locks 

FLI IMG1024S imaging camera @ -35C

SBIG AO7 Adaptive Optics System

SBIG ST10XME Guide/AO control camera @-25C

RCOS Dichroic Beam Splitter for AO7/IMG compatibility

AP900GTO mount

Optec TCF-S robotic focuser

FLI CFW 1 filter wheel

Custom Scientific Narrowband Emission Line Filter

   Hydrogen alpha        656.3nm  3nm FWHM 

Exposure details:

4 exposures of 30 minutes each through Halpha filter

2 hours total exposure time

Maxim DL used for IMG1024S control

CCDSOFT 5.00.71 used for AO7/ST10XME control

Sigma prebeta 11 used for darks, flats,and  biases 

Russ Croman's SIGMA Plugin used for combining images

Photoshop CS used for final touch up

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