VDB142 in IC 1396 - The Elephants Trunk

VDB142 Elephant Trunk
11th August 2007
Popular name: Elephant Trunk
Object type: Bright Nebula
Apparent RA: 21h 37m 17s Apparent Dec: +57 30 43
Constellation: Cepheus

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For my first large image of the season, I've chosen the complex Elephant Trunk area within large IC 1396 region. Lots of twisting clouds and emission make this a fun target for the 6nm hydrogen Alpha filter. Nearly 4 hours total integration time. I'd love to add more, but the british climate does not look favourably on long integrations.

VBB 142 is the small bright nebula in the "eye" of the dark feature. The whole area has many many designations for the different features

Note the suspected proplyds in the upper left.

Captured in ArtemisCapture, calibrated in ImagetoolsCa, DDP in maxim, thuggery in photoshop.

This image was autoguided using my 400mm focal length refractor and my black and white SC1 webcam.

Current Imaging equipment configuration

Exposure Details :

Astrodon 6nm Ha MPCC 23x600s on 8 inch F5 Newtonian.

Curdridge Observatory, Southampton,UK