IC 1396 and the Elephant's Trunk in Cepheus

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© Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov 2011 - 2017

Sometimes IC 1396 is identified with the concentration of interstellar gas and dust which resembles an elephant's trunk. Correctly spoken IC 1396 is a star cluster in the middle of which is the dense globule IC 1396A which is called "Elephant's Trunk". This nebula is a site of star formation, containing several very young stars. This object is much more spectacular when imaged in Ha, hence its more occasional imaging in broadband filters. This image is a two LRGB images mosaic. A more detailed image only of the "Elephant's Trunk" and of the located inside VdB 142 can be found here.

Image details:


Center of field RA 21:35:33 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE +57:30:04 (deg:m:s)
Size 2.1 x 1.65 (deg)
Pixel scale: 1.03 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is 2.56 degrees E of N
Charts and image details obtained from Astrometry.net
Optic(s): ASA 12" Astrograph @ f/3.6 (Newton)
Mount: ASA DDM85 Standard
Camera: SBIG STL 11000 M
Filters: Luminance, Red, Green, Blue, Astronomik filters
Dates/Times: 3,4.11.2012
Location: IRIDA Observatory, BG, longitude: E 24 44' 18", latitude: N 41 41' 42"
Exp. Details: L:12x10 min; R:12x10 min, G:13x10 min, B:13x10 min Bin 1, Total: 500 min (8hrs:20min)
More details: Dark and flat frames reduction
Processing: PixInsight / PS
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2013 - 2017. All Rights Reserved
e-mail: info@irida-observatory.org
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