Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Contains:  IC 1396
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IC 1396 Elephant's Trunk Nebula in HOO, 


            Douglas J Struble
IC 1396 Elephant's Trunk Nebula in HOO
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IC 1396 Elephant's Trunk Nebula in HOO

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Imaging telescopes or lenses: Stellarvue SV70T

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool

Mounts: Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Stellarvue 50mm Guidescope

Guiding cameras: ASI224MC

Focal reducers: Stellarvue SV70T Focal Reducer

Software: PHD2  ·  Sequence Generator Pro  ·  PixInsight  ·  Photoshop CS5  ·  SkySafari Pro

Filters: Astronomik Ha 6nm 1.25''  ·  Astrodon OIII 3nm

Accessory: ZWO 8x 1.25" Filter Wheel (EFW)  ·  QHYCCD PoleMaster  ·  MoonLite CFL 2.5" Large Format Focuser

Dates:Sept. 19, 2019Sept. 26, 2019

Astrodon OIII 3nm: 245x200" (gain: 200.00) -20C bin 1x1
Astronomik Ha 6nm 1.25'': 244x120" (gain: 200.00) -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 21.7 hours

Darks: ~50

Flats: ~50

Bias: ~250

Avg. Moon age: 23.25 days

Avg. Moon phase: 41.70%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 8.00

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3251104

RA center: 21h 39' 51"

DEC center: +57° 35' 56"

Pixel scale: 2.314 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 230.899 degrees

Field radius: 1.701 degrees

Resolution: 3300x4136

Locations: Backyard White Zone Observatory, Taylor, MI, Michigan, United States

Data source: Backyard


IC 1396 is a large and comparatively faint emission nebula and star forming region over 100 light-years across, located about 2,400 light-years away in the constellation Cepheus. It is energized by the bright, bluish central multiple star called HD 206267.

The nebula mixes glowing cosmic gas and dark dust cloud, and there is a scattering of hot stars, quite widely separated from each other, inside the nebula. Among the intriguing dark shapes within IC 1396, is the Elephant’s Trunk nebula (IC 1396A). This is a dense globule of gas and dust of more than 20 light-years long, being eroded by the radiation pressure from HD 206267. It is commonly called the Elephant’s Trunk nebula because of its appearance at visible light wavelengths.

The Elephant’s Trunk nebula is a site of star formation. Over 250 young stars in and around the Elephant’s Trunk are identified. Several very young (less than 100,000 years old) stars and two older (but still young, a couple of million years) stars are present in a small, circular cavity in the head of the globule. Winds from these young stars may have emptied the cavity.

The combined action of the light from the massive star ionizing and compressing the rim of the cloud, and the wind from the young stars shifting gas from the center outward lead to very high compression in the Elephant’s Trunk nebula. This pressure has triggered the current generation of protostars.

Numerous other such globules of varying size are scattered throughout the nebula. Some of these are positioned between us and the bright clouds of gas, and so appear as inky black silhouettes. These dense globules can protect themselves from the star’s harsh ultraviolet rays.



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IC 1396 Elephant's Trunk Nebula in HOO, 


            Douglas J Struble