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IC 1396

The brighter portions of this huge nebula in Cepheus are visible through a telescope under dark skies, but it takes a long exposure photograph to capture all the fine detail and faint extents seen here. Many dark globules of dust permeate this region, notably the "Elephant's Trunk" seen protruding in from the left. This nebula is located very nearby to the bright red supergiant star mu Cephii, also known as the Garnet Star.

Narrowband

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Takahashi Sky 90 at f/4.5
SBIG STL-4020M (remote guide head)
Takahashi EM-200
SII/Ha/OIII: 3 hours each channel (20 minute subexposures)
Processed with Maxim/DL, CCDStack, and Photoshop CS4
Noel Carboni's Astronomy Tools


H-Alpha

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Takahashi Sky 90 at f/4.5
SBIG STL-4020M (self-guided)
Hutech LPS Filter
H-Alpha: 108 minutes (12 minute subs)
R:30, G:30, B:30 (5 minute subs)
Processed in Maxim/DL and Photoshop
Noel Carboni's Astronomy Tools Actions


H-Alpha

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