IC 1396A - The Elephant's trunk nebula


Date:

 

May 27, 2017

Location:

 

Blankenberghe , Belgium (homebase) - medium to heavy lightpollution

Description:

 

IC 1396A - The Elephant's Trunk Nebula is a concentration of interstellar gas and dust within a greater complex of ionized gas in the region of IC1396 in the constellation Cepheus. This target is roughly located at about 2,400 light years distance. Of the nebula, it is assumed that it is a stellar nursery, as a lot of "young stars" (less than 100,000 years old) were discovered in 2003 by means of infrared-images. (Source: Wikipedia)

Equipment:

 

Telescope: 

Tecnosky 80mm flatfield APO - focal length 344mm - f-ratio: 4.3

Camera: 

Canon 1300D Astrodon modified - CLS-clip in-filter

Mount:

Celestron Advanced VX 

Guiding:

Orion Shorttube Achromat 80mm - ASI120MC - Dual mounted

Software: 

 

Capture: 

Canon Camera Connect App 

Guiding:

PHD 2

Post-process: 

Pixinsight - Adobe Photoshop

Image details:

 

Lights:

15 x 5 minutes ISO 800

Calibration:

5  x 5 minutes dark frames ISO 800

Bias-frames

20 x 1/8000 sec ISO 800

Standard Flat-frames  

20 x 1/6 sec ISO 800

Comments:

 

I picked this target because of the high position in the night sky at this time of year. From the beginning I encountered several problems with a new piece of equipment, being a cooling system for my Canon camera. Therefore I only succeeded in taking the first lights at 2:30 am. This meant that I had only a few hours left before dawn.