The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula – IC1396 (Near infrared)

The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula – IC1396 is a very large emission nebula in the constellation Cepheus. It is 3,000 light-years from our Earth. The most famous part of the nebula is a huge dark molecular cloud named the Elephant Trunk Nebula. Its shape was created by a stellar wind. The Elephant Trunk object is just a cut-out of an extensive emission nebula, which is popular in astrophotography.

This processing is a combination of standard filters (G, B) and IR Band-pass Filter ( ZWO 850nm).


Telescope ASA 10″ F/3.6 10N ASTROGRAPH OTA
Focal length 900 mm
Mount G53f
Imaging camera Atik 460EX mono
Guiding cameras Lodestar X2 -Autoguider
Guiding optics ASA 10″- OAG
Focal reducers ASA 3″ Wynne Corrector 0,85x
Constellations crop of the area the Nebula in Cefeus
Distance 3000 light years
RA center 21h 39′ 23″
DEC center +57°32′ 43″
Location taken Slovakia
Date taken 10/2018
Pixel scale 1.04 arcsec/pixel
Filters ZWO 850nm IR Band-pass filter,
Astrodon GB,
Exposure 16x1600s+46x600s.  NIR filter
100x180s G filter
100x180s B filter
Total exposure 24,5 hours
Processing software PixInsight, CCD Inspector