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IC 5164 - Cocoon Nebula


IC 5164 – The Cocoon Nebula

Photographed On: July 3, 2014

Mount: SW HEQ-5 Pro Synscan
Telescope: Explore Scientific ED80 Triplet Apo
Camera: Canon 450d (stock)
Guide Cam: Meade DSI II
Guide Scope: Orion Mini 50mm
PHD Guiding Software
Captured using EOS Utilities

Total Exposure Time = 3 Hours, 55 Minutes (47 Frames)

Stacked with Darks in DSS
Processed in PS CC

About the Cocoon Nebula

The Cocoon Nebula is located in a crowded field of stars spanning approximately 2 degrees. This interesting nebula resides within the constellation Cygnus, which rises high overhead to star gazers in mid-northern latitudes like myself. IC 5146 is a compact star forming region, with a long trail of obscuring interstellar dust clouds. This nebula is almost 15 light-years wide, and located 4,000 light years away. Framing is important when photographing this object, because you will want to include the long tail of space-dust in your image. The Cocoon is also quite faint, and may not be obvious in your first exposure. Depending onthe amount of light-pollution from your imaging location, you may need to use a light-pollution filter to find it.