Another image taken in July 2014. This time I was collecting narrowband Ha (H-alpha) data on the Elephants Trunk Nebula within the larger emission nebula region of IC 1396.
I feel the most extraordinary thing about this image is that it was taken from within a regional area consisting of 3 cities (population of 500,000), lots of light pollution and the night I was imaging this it was hazy – you could hardly see the stars of Cygnus or Cassiopeia, and definitely not the stars of Cepheus! Yet look how H-alpha filters allow you to cut through all that and still enjoy astro-imaging.
This data will be combined with additional narrowband data (yet to be taken) that will be taken through OIII (Oxygen 3) and S2 (Sulphur 2) filters. The Ha, OIII and S2 filters/data will produce what is known as a Hubble palette image. A false colour representation of the various components within the nebula and region of space it occupies.[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”]
The Elephants Trunk Nebula is part of the larger region known as IC 1396 that is located in the constellation of Cepheus which is well positioned for astrophotographers in the NE sky in July/August and high over-head around 2am. Cepheus is situated between Cygnus and Cassiopeia constellations. IC 1396 and the Elephants Trunk nebula are about 2400 light years from Earth.
- William Optics Zenithstar APO Refractor
- SBIG 8300M CCD with FLI CFW, H-alpha 7nm filter
- Calibration, align, stack in Pixinsight.
- Processing in Pixinsight
- 100 minutes data
- Location: Kitchener, Ontario
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My story began more than 40 years ago looking up at the Moon with a small collapsible telescope my Father had. Encouraged by my parents, who bought me my very own telescope, a 4.5″ reflector, I began to explore the night sky from my family home backyard. Today I do astrophotography from my home in Kitchener, Ontario and also with remote telescopes located in New Mexico and Australia. Some of my images have won awards and have been featured online and in magazines.
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