IC1396 - The Elephant Trunk Nebula and vdB142

IC1396

Found in the constellation Cepheus

The Elephant Trunk Nebula - IC1396 (open cluster with associated nebulosity) and vdB142 (the elephant trunk that gives this object its name)
ST-10XME and CFW8a, Astrodon 6nm H-Alpha filter
AP155EDF Triplet Refractor w Robofocus
8  x 30 min self-guided on an AP900GTO mount
Acquired, Flats and Darks subtracted in CCDSoft5
Alignment and Sigma Reject combine in Maxim
Levels in PS CS2
Minor sharpening
Noise Reduction via Reduce Noise in PS CS2 on the background only

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Click HERE to see more of the entire nebula - taken with a camera lens on my old ST-7E camera.

Flesherton, Ontario
Oct 26 2007

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