Elephant Trunk Nebula in IC1396

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.
Telescopes: TS-Optics 10 in. f/5 Newtonian (Ha); Takahashi FS-128 @ f/6 (color)
Mount: iOptron CEM60
Cameras: ST-8300 w/Astronomik 12nm Ha filter; modified Canon 350D (Raw capture; ISO 800)
Exposures: Ha: 20 @ 7.5 min. (2.5 hrs.); Color: 15 @ 5 min.
Guiding: QHY 5L II-M on 300mm guide scope
Procesing::  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.
Location: My backyard 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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