The North America & Pelican Nebulas
15 x 600 secs subs at iso 1600. 5nm Astrodon Ha Filter
The North America Nebula, (NGC 7000) and the nearby Pelican Nebula, (IC 5070) are in fact parts of the same interstellar cloud of ionized hydrogen. Between the Earth and the nebula complex lies a band of interstellar dust that absorbs the light of the stars and nebulae behind it, and is thereby responsible for the shape as we see it.
The distance to the nebula complex is not precisely known, nor is the star responsible for ionizing the hydrogen so that it emits light. If the star inducing the ionization is Deneb, as some sources say, the nebula complex would be about 1800 light years distant, and its absolute size would be about 100 light years.
IC 5070 the Pelican Nebula is found just off the "east coast" of the North America Nebula (NGC 7000). It is divided from its brighter, larger neighbor by a molecular cloud filled with dark dust.