The North American and Pelican Nebulae

The North American nebula is easily seen on a dark night far away from city lights. Look up in Cygnus, just west of Deneb (the tail star of the swan). There you will see the Gulf of Mexico in the sky. 


The Pelican nebula (just right of the North American in the photo) is not so easily seen. 

These objects are so large that looking at them through a telescope is not practical. A good pair of binoculars is all that is needed to enjoy them.


35 min KG 400 300mm FL at F4.5

Each of these objects measures about 59 light years across and are located about 1500 light years from us.