Tag Archives: IC1396

Deepsky astrophotography with and without a narrowband filter

City lights, neighbours outside lights, limited number of clear nights and astrophotography from your backyard, all mean having to battle not only light pollution but time and opportunity to engage in our hobby. So if there’s technology that can make things a little easier than why not give it a try! Narrowband and light pollution […]

A new city light pollution filter! Triad Quadband Ultra Filter.

The Triad Quadband Ultra Filter from OPT is both amazing and fun to use. For many amateur astronomers and astrophotographers, light pollution makes things difficult and in some cases impossible when it comes to imaging the night sky. All is not lost though. For those astrophotographers using a one-shot-colour (OSC) DSLR or cooled cmos camera […]

IC1396 and the Elephant Trunk Nebula

IC1396 and Elephant Trunk Nebula

Click image to view higher resolution. IC1396 is a large region of ionized gas about 2,400 light years from Earth. The Elephant Trunk Nebula (extending vertical from bottom to center of image) is an interstellar gas and dust concentration. It gets its name because it appears to resemble an Elephant head and trunk. This nebula […]

Elephants Trunk Nebula in narrowband H-alpha

Ic 1396 Elephants Trunk Nebula in Hydrogen Alpha narrowband astrophotography. Shawn Nielsen 2014

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), […]