Elephant Trunk Nebula

Telescope Epsilon E160 on AP Mach1GTO Designation IC1396
Focal Length F/3.3 528mm Position RA 21h 36m DEC +57d 30m
Guiding eFinder SX guide head Type Emission Nebula
Control MaximDL Magnitude
CCD Camera Starlightxpress SXV-H9 Size
Image Scale 2.44 arcsec Distance 2,400 Light years
Filters Astronomics type II RGB Constellation Cepheus
Exposures 12 x 5 min Lum 1x1, 8 x 4 min ea RGB 2x2    
Calibration Flats, Bias only    
Software MaximDL, Photoshop CS2    
Date Peach State Star Gaze Sept 2008    
The Elephant's Trunk nebula is a concentration of interstellar gas and dust in the star cluster IC 1396 and ionized gas region located in the constellation Cepheus about 2,400 light years away from Earth. The Elephant Trunk nebula is now thought to be site of star formation, containing several very young (less than 100,000 yr) stars that were discovered in infrared images in 2003.