Admiring the Universe - a fine-art photographer based in Perthshire, Scotland, with interests in landscape, nature and astrophotography

IC1396: The Elephant's Trunk Nebula, Cepheus

IC1396: The Elephant's Trunk Nebula, Cepheus
A very well-known target about 2400ly distant in the constellation Cepheus, IC1396 is an emission nebula ionized by the bright star at the centre of the obvious "trunk".
Elephant's trunks, or more formally cold molecular clouds, form on the outer edges of an unevenly ionized H.II cloud as a result of interaction with solar wind from O & B type stars.

Skywatcher 80ED, EQ6r-Pro, QHY268C, Optolong L-eNhance filter
6 nights, 270 lights, 3min each - 13.5hr TI
Mosaic - 2 panels left & right

Stacked in PixInisght using latest version of WBPP with GESDT rejection and high-quality preset; mosaic by coordinates; PhotometricColourCalibration; extracted synthetic Ha & OIII channels; DBE; recombine; curves; ACDNR; starnet++v2; vignette; partial star recombination; curves
Darktable to finish.


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