IC1396 is a large emission nebula complex located in the constellation Cepheus.
The nebula is also a star forming region which contains some very young stars (less than 100.000 years old). These stars were discovered in infrared images taken in 2003.

It lies at a distance of about 2.400 light years and has a diameter of several hundred light years.

The dense dark patch of nebula located to the center-right is also known as the Elephant’s Trunk nebula.

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Object info
Name IC1396 – The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula
Type Emission nebula
Constellation Cepheus
Right ascension 21h 39m 06s
Declination +57° 30′ 00″
Distance 2.400 ly
Other designations Barnard 161, IC1396A, LDN1105, vDB142
Image info
Image date Sep. 05, 2010
Light frames 16x 8 min. UHC-S unbinned
Total integration 2h 8m
Dark frames 9x
Flat frames 7x p. filter unbinned. Created with an A3 size Posterpoweruk flatfield panel
Bias frames 5x
Software used CCDOps, CCDSoft, ImagesPlus, PixInsight LE, Photoshop CS2
Processing CCDOPS was used for focussing. Image Acquisition was done using CCDSoft.
All separate frames were calibrated, aligned and stacked in ImagesPlus 2.8.
Photoshop CS2 was used for further processing – curves adjustment, levels adjustment, etc.
Noel Carboni’s toolset was used as well (Local Contrast Enhancement, Deep Space Noise Reduction)
Equipment info
Telescope TMB/LOMO 80/480
Corrector Televue 2″ TRF 2008 flattener/reducer (FL: 384mm f/4.8)
Mount Losmandy G-11
Camera SBIG ST-8300M
Guide camera Atik 1HS Mono
Guide scope Vixen VMC110L
Autoguide software Guidemaster
Filters Baader 2″ UHC-S
Location Landgraaf, The Netherlands
Image comments

Focus was way off/Bad seeing = bloated stars. Really need to redo this image!