ic 1396

 

 

The Details
Object
IC 1396 and vdB 142 in Cepheus
Optics
Takahashi FSQ-106 at f/5
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG ST-10XME
Filters
Custom Scientific 3nm Hydrogen-Alpha
Date
31 May 2004
Location
Mount Wilson Observatory - Mount Wilson, CA
Exposure
Ha 8 x 1800 sec 1x1 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, Registar, CCDSharp, Photoshop
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Notes
IC 1396 is a huge nebula spanning an apparent diameter of approximately 3° or the equivalent of 9 full moon diameters. Rich in dark dust clouds, the nebula is a treasure trove of rich detail and contrasting beauty. Perhaps the most dominant dust lane in IC 1396 is VandeBergh 142, a spectacular object also informally known as the "Elephant's Trunk". Seen running vertically just left of center, in many ways it reminds me of the "Pillars of Creation" area in the Eagle Nebula, M16.

 

 

 

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