This large nebula, approx 3 x the diameter of the Moon lies in the constellation of Cepheus. It has many dark nebulae consisting of obscuring dust and the one to the right of centre is thought to resemble an elephant’s trunk which gives the nebula its name. It is some 3000 light years distant.


This bi-colour narrow band image is made up of 12 x 600s through an Ha filter and 13 x 1200s through a OIII filter.

It was taken through a Canon 200mm f2.8 camera lens with an Atik 460EX CCD camera on the nights of 8 Nov 2013 (Ha) and 4 Dec 2013 (OIII)

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IC 1396 The Elephant Trunk Nebula