IC 1396 and the Elephant’s Trunk Nebula

IC 1396 and the Elephant’s Trunk Nebula

This is a fairly well known HII region in Cephea, an ionized hydrogen region. IC 1396 designates an open star cluster consisting of a few bright stars in the center of the large red nebula. The Elephant Trunk is a dark area in the nebula at the center and a little to the left of the image that vaguely resembles the pachyderm member. His official number is IC 1396A.

80 exposures of 1 minute
Camera : Nikon Z6 partially unfiltered

Telescope : Takahashi FSQ-106ED refractor.
Mount : Takahashi EM-200 homemade electronics.
Guiding : Orion Starshoot Autoguider on a William Optic Zenithstar 66SD refractor.
Temperature : 10°C
Humidity : 80% to 84%
SQM : 21.6
Software : auto-guiding with PHD2, acquisition with Astro Photography Tool, processing with PixInsight.
Location : L’Epine, Hautes-Alpes, France

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