IC5146- The Cocoon Nebula

An interesting nebula in that it contains both emission nebula (red) and reflection nebula (blue).
On this image I used a Custom Scientific Clear IR-block filter to keep the stars from bloating due to IR and UV light which the refractor doesn't do as good a job of focusing.

Note:  This image was featured as ATWB Photo of the Day, October 31, 2004

Location:Gastonia, NC
Optics:Orion 80mm ED, 600mm f/7.5
Exposure:L: 30 x 5 min, RGB: 6,6,9 x 5 min
Camera:SBIG ST-7E
Mount:Losmandy G11