IC 1396 - vdB 142 

 Elephant Trunk Nebula 


  • vdb142


    LRGB Broad Band
  • LRGB Broad Band

Hundreds of light-years across and about 3,000 light years from Earth, stars are forming in this area. The Elephant Trunk nebula contains several very young stars (less than 100,000 years old) that were discovered in 2003. The combined action of the massive star ionizing the rim of the cloud, and the wind from the young stars at its center blowing outward, generates very high compression in the Elephant Trunk. This is thought to have triggered the formation of protostars.




Technical Data

Bortle Scale / SQM-L Bortle 5  / 20.11-- 20.36
Period July 2023
Primary Scope  Takahashi FSQ106/530  - CCA250/1250
Camera IMX571 on MORAVIAN C3 - IMX455 on QHY600
Mount AP 1100 GTO CP4
Total Exposure Time 7H
Composition LRGB COMPOSITION (L - CCA250)  (RGB - FSQ106)
Location Val Imagna (Bergamo) Italy


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