Date: September 12th & 15th, 2023

Exposure: 95 x 5 minutes (7h 55min)

About This Image


Telescope: Stellarvue SVX130T-R
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Camera: Player One Poseidon-C Pro
Filter: Optolong L-Ultimate 2"
Accessories: 3.5" Feathertouch • Stellarvue SFFR
Guiding: Starfield 50mm Guide Scope • ASI462MC
Software: Photoshop • PixInsight • TheSkyX • Starkeeper Voyager • GraXpert


The Cygnus Wall is a region of concentrated star formation within the North America Nebula (NGC 7000) in the constellation Cygnus[1][3][4]. It is named after its resemblance to the shape of Mexico and Central America[1]. The Cygnus Wall is the most active region of the North America Nebula and exhibits the most concentrated star formation[1][3][6]. It is around 1600 light-years away from Earth and is glowing due to emissions from atoms of hydrogen[5]. The Cygnus Wall is a popular target for astrophotographers due to its striking appearance and the opportunity to capture the region's intricate details[2][4].

The Cygnus Wall is a massive structure that spans over 20 light-years and is composed of gas and dust[3]. The region is distinguished by a glowing-red color caused by the hydrogen Hα emission line[1][3][6]. The Cygnus Wall is a site of active star formation, with young, hot stars being born from the dense clouds of gas and dust[1][3]. The formation of a stellar association in the NGC 7000/IC 5070 complex has been studied through kinematic analysis of stars and gas[1]. The Cygnus Wall is a fascinating region of space that provides insight into the formation of stars and the evolution of galaxies[1][3][4].

Depicted in the HOO color palette inspired by Hubble images.


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Distance: 1,600 light-years
Size: 20 light-years


Location in the Night Sky

(Star Chart created using PixInsight)


All Images    Craig Sherris