NGC 7000 & IC 5070

NGC 7000 & IC 5070 (Click Image)

This a monochrome white light image of the North American nebula (NGC 7000) and the nearby Pelican nebula (IC 5070). This was just a quick test image composed from a stack of five 5-minute images. I was testing a new adapter that allows me to use my Canon EF series lenses on my FLI ML8300 camera.  I used the 100mm f/2.8 macro lens for this image along with the IDAS Light Pollution filter. No flats were used and the images were unguided. The stars are a little large with extended rings around them – the 100mm lens probably needed to be stopped down a bit or I was not quite at best focus. Focusing was very sensitive and difficult to adjust. The adapter worked quite well with a positive lock and good alignment woth the focal plane. Next test will be using my Takahashi Epsilon 180.