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Can you see the elephant's trunk? It's 2,400 light years away so you may need to squint your eyes a little.

IC1396 is also known as the Elephant Trunk Nebula. All the red is really just free floating gas- mostly hydrogen, that is glowing due to excitation and ionization by local stars. I used the Bent Nail Observatory's widefield rig (100mm diameter f3 refractor telescope) and captured 34 x 10 minute exposures of multi-band narrowband using an OPT Triad Ultra filter. The camera on that rig is a Central DS modified Canon 5D Mark IV. The modifications are to move the sensor out of the body to mount it on a peltier cooler as well as removal of the IR and antialias filters.

Here is the full frame version:


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