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The Details
Object
VdB 142 The Elephant's Trunk in Cepheus
Optics
12.5" RCOS Ritchey-Chretien at f/6.9
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG ST-10XME
Filters
Custom Scientific 3nm Hydrogen-Alpha
Date
21 September 2005
Location
Mount Wilson Observatory - Mount Wilson, CA
Exposure
Ha 7 x 1200 sec 1x1 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, Registar, CCDSharp, Photoshop
Orientation
Field of View: 15'57" x 23'40 " centered on RA 21h36m13s
DEC57°31’30” (2000.0) . North angle 82.68°; east 90° CCW from north
Notes
Van den Bergh 142 is a ghostly dark lane in the large emission nebula IC 1396 in Cepheus. Its shape is somewhat reminiscent of the Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula M17, which was made famous by the Hubble Space Telescope.

 

 

 

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