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Contains:  IC 1396
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IC 1396 - vdB 142 The Elephant's Trunk Nebula, 


            Salvatore Cozza
IC 1396 - vdB 142 The Elephant's Trunk Nebula

IC 1396 - vdB 142 The Elephant's Trunk Nebula

Technical card

Resolution: 2936x2210

Baader Ha 36mm 7nm: 18x600" -20C bin 1x1
Baader O3 36mm 8.5nm: 18x600" -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 6.0 hours job: 2912025

RA center: 21h 35' 50"

DEC center: +57° 35' 42"

Pixel scale: 1.910 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 270.481 degrees

Field radius: 0.975

Data source: Backyard


vdB 142 is a small dark nebula, visible in the constellation of Cepheus.
It is located towards the central area of the great nebulous complex known as IC 1396, a few arc primes west of the open cluster associated with the nebula; despite its small size, it stands out with a discreet ease, due to its deep darkness and its shape, which gave it the nickname Elephant Proboscis. All around it appears to be surrounded by a relatively rich star field, and the presence of the diffuse nebulosity of IC 1396 further enhances its nature as a dark nebula.
vdB 142 è una piccola nebulosa oscura, visibile nella costellazione di Cefeo.
Si individua verso l'area centrale del grande complesso nebuloso noto come IC 1396, pochi primi d'arco ad ovest dell'ammasso aperto associato alla nebulosa; nonostante le sue ridotte dimensioni, si evidenzia con una discreta facilità, a causa della sua profonda oscurità e per la sua forma, che le ha conferito il soprannome di Proboscide di Elefante. Tutt'attorno appare circondata da un campo stellare relativamente ricco, e la presenza della nebulosità diffusa di IC 1396 ne risalta ulteriormente la sua natura di nebulosa oscura. (Wikipedia)



Salvatore Cozza
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IC 1396 - vdB 142 The Elephant's Trunk Nebula, 


            Salvatore Cozza

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