IC 5146 - THE COCOON NEBULA

The Cocoon Nebula lies at the end of a dark lane B168 in the contellation of Cygnus. It measures approximately 10 X 10 arcmins and is about 4,000 light years away. The bright star in the middle provides most of the energy source for the glowing nebula.

This image was captured using my SC3 on my MN56 with an Atik 0.5X FR and Astronomik CLS Light Pollution Filter. It represents the sum of 100 X 45 secs frames with Amp Off and 80% gain. The image was quite hard to process as it is relatively dim so it was hard to show the nebula without introducing too much noise. I'm quite pleased with this image and particularly like the details in the dust lanes in the nebula.