The “North America Nebula” and the nearby “Pelican Nebula”, are part of the same interstellar cloud of ionized hydrogen. They are about 1,800 light years away and about 100 light years across. The bright star in my photo is Deneb, which marks the head of Cygnus the swan.

This was a 3-minute exposure with a 200mm lens at ISO 1600

I work full-time as a professional photographer here in Nanaimo, BC but I still seem to find time in my schedule to work on my personal photographic projects – such as photographing the stars. Astronomy and astro-photography has been a lifelong passion of mine.

Cosmic Close-Up!
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