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North America Nebula

This area of the Milky Way contains a lot of nebulosity and almost endless stars. There’s a lot of hydrogen gas that emits that classic red colored radiation with various structures visible, including the North America Nebula, Cygnus Wall, and the Pelican Nebula.

This was one of my deepest images. Over several nights in the summer, I collected a total of 5.6 hours of data. I remember after the early nights I was processing the results and pretty excited by what I was getting, despite not initially having much data and dealing with thin layers of cloud and a waning moon. As I continued to collect more and more data in better conditions, the final image continually improved.

I even took a few cracks at different processing methods before getting at this iteration, which is currently my favorite. What do you think?

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