|The Elephant Trunk
nebula (also known as VDB 142 or IC 1396A) is part of IC 1396. It
lies 2,400 light years away in the constellation of Cepheus. It is
a site of active star formation. The trunk shape was created by stellar
winds from young stars adjacent to it. The compression from those
stellar winds triggered new star formation in the Elephant Trunk.
Some of these newly born stars created the cavity that gives this
nebula its unique shape.
10 in. f/5 Newtonian (Ha); Takahashi FS-128 @ f/6 (color)
12nm Ha filter; modified Canon 350D (Raw capture; ISO 800)
|| Ha: 20 @ 7.5 min. (2.5
hrs.); Color: 15 @ 5 min.
|| QHY 5L
II-M on 300mm guide scope
||Ha iImages were focused,
acquired, aligned, and combined (Median) in CCDSoft. The color images
were aligned and combined in ImagesPlus. The Ha and color composites
were aligned in RegiStar and combined/adjusted in Photoshop. Topaz
Detail and DeNoise were applied.
observatory in southeastern Minnesota on 7/22/19. Note: the color
image was taken a long time ago (in a galaxy very, very close).
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