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North America Nebula

North America Nebula

Drawing data

North America Nebula:
NGC 7000 / Sh2 117 Cyg DF
LBN 387, 385, 378, 371, 373, 354, 356 Cyg DF
Pelican Nebula:
IC 5067-70 Cyg DF
LBN 359, 343 Cyg DF
Cygnus Arc:
IC 5068 Cyg DF
LBN 332 Cyg DF
Dark nebula:
LDN 934
Open clusters:
Baractova 1 Cyg OC
NGC 6996-7 Cyg OC
Collinder 428 Cyg OC
Date(s) of observation:
2003.06.29/30. Ágasvár
2003.07.02/03. Ágasvár
2003.09.26/27. Ágasvár
2003.09.27/28. Ágasvár
2004.07.17/18. Ágasvár
2004.07.18/19. Ágasvár
processing: 2005-2006
Place(s) of observation:
Telescope(s) used:
4" f/4 Newtonian (Dobson)
Enlargement(s) used:
16x (25mm Plössl)
Field size:
Author / Observer:
Peter Kiss


This had been my biggest project until I finished it. I simply had to draw the iconic nebula of the northern summer Milky Way, the North America Nebula.

North America Nebula
North America Nebula, 2014.08.29/30. Canon 450D, EF 85mm f/1.8, at f/4, 19x5 minutes. Photo: Peter Kiss

Great part of the nebula fits into one field of view and it is very spectacular. The nebula is pretty bright at the "Gulf of Mexico". The Pelican Nebula is relatively easy to spot as well. South of these, the fragments of the Cygnus Arc are very faint and unsure.

This is a panorama drawing, that is it covers a greater area than the field of view of the telescope. Therefore I drew 28 stars into the sketch from Uranometria (it is impossible to draw precisely across fields by the telescope). Part of these stars are outside the frame of the drawing above.

It is worth comparing the drawing and the photo, perhaps even by identifying individual stars. A characteristic "asterism" is visible at the center, right of the Gulf of Mexico: a couple of stars form a miniature version of the Orion constellation. Furthermore it is visible that the nebulous areas are not precise everywhere in the drawing. And that visually it is hard to distinguish between dense areas of the milky-way and real diffuse nebulae.

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