Artist notes:

This photo represents my first attempt at putting together so many panels to create a high resolution mosaic. The technical challenges and careful planning required patience beyond my normal need for immediate satisfaction. I went through several versions that just did not make the cut. The only solution to address the issues with these early versions was waiting for another clear night to collect more photons and then another and another. 

Technical details:

Photons captured in Simpson, North Carolina, in July & August 2015. Exposures for this six panel mosaic was collected over a total of 33.8 hours

This wall of energized gas and dust is about 1,500 light years away and 20 light years wide in the Cygnus constellation. Along its length new stars are being formed. This wall is a part of a larger structure known as the North American Nebula.

Cygnus Wall

6 panel mosaic