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IC 1396 - The Elephants Trunk Nebula - HA/OIII, 


            Jeremiah Roth
IC 1396 - The Elephants Trunk Nebula - HA/OIII

IC 1396 - The Elephants Trunk Nebula - HA/OIII

Technical card

Resolution: 3600x2813

Astrodon 3nm H-Alpha Narrowband Filter - 1.25": 400x180" (gain: 139.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon 3nm OIII Narrowband Filter - 1.25": 240x120" (gain: 139.00) -15C bin 1x1

Integration: 28.0 hours

Darks: ~50

Bias: ~50

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 9.00 job: 2714900

RA center: 323.585 degrees

DEC center: 57.782 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.367 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 284.711 degrees

Field radius: 0.867 degrees

Locations: Home, Tampa, Florida (FL), United States

Data source: Backyard


Last year during the long rainy season I told myself I needed to do better. Stop rushing through my edits, and stop cutting my integration time short. I knew at that point that shortcuts weren't getting me anywhere, so I knuckled up and swore come fall, I'd be better.

This was the first image I shot that following season, and even though I won an APOD on my Pac-Man, I honestly think I'm more proud of this one. Maybe it's the beauty of the object, maybe it was because it was my first truly decent image, maybe I just like brown and blue lol. But I'm proud of this.

My original edit of the image had a fairly blaring mistake to those with a keen eye and I felt it held the photo back, so last night and this morning I sat down for a few hours and rebuilt the image from scratch. I'll post the original edit, as well as the revised edit so you can compare and tell me what you think of the new version.

Clear Skies all :D



Jeremiah Roth
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    IC 1396 - The Elephants Trunk Nebula - HA/OIII, 


            Jeremiah Roth
  • IC 1396 - The Elephants Trunk Nebula - HA/OIII, 


            Jeremiah Roth


This is the original edit that I wanted to improve on. It's much smoother overall and I thought very pleasing to the eye as a result. But I was sloppy when I reduced the stars and ended up with the stars looking very soft, and almost transparent. I felt this held back the image and would be obvious to those with a keen eye, so I started fresh with the new edit.

Sky plot

Sky plot


IC 1396 - The Elephants Trunk Nebula - HA/OIII, 


            Jeremiah Roth