Waid Observatory

Object: IC 5068
Date: Sept. 29-30 Oct 1-3, 2018    Location: Davis Mountains west of Fort Davis, TX
Telescope: Stellarvue SV102ED   -   Camera: ST-8300M   -  Mount: MI-250
Exposure: Ha = 260 min.   -  OIII = 400 min.  -  RGB for stars = 40 min. each
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IC 5068


IC 5068 1

IC 5068 is an area of relatively faint emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus the Swan approximately 1600 light-years from the Earth.  It is located just south of the more famous, and frequently imaged, Pelican and North American nebulae.  Perhaps this is the reason it is often overlooked by amateur astronomers.  Actually, the bright central portion of the image carries the designation IC 5068.  The nebulosity to right and left side of IC 5068 are designated LBN 329 and 332.  The dark vertical bands of obscuring dust separate them from IC 5068

The image above was captured using Ha (Hydrogen Alpha) and OIII (Doubly Ionized Oxygen) narrowband filters.  The image was assembled by mapping Ha to red and OIII to green and blue.  The stars were overlaid with RGB data to give them a near true color appearance.  A full Hubble Palette narrowband version of Sh2-101 may be viewed here.

1 https://www.nightsky.at/Photo/Neb/IC5068_WN.html

Copyright Donald P. Waid