The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula by Daniel Beaulieu
The Elephant Trunk Nebula (Daniel-Beaulieu)
The Elephant Trunk Nebula by Daniel Beaulieu

Detailed image of the Elephant Trunk Nebula taken from a backyard in Quebec City.

Photo of the Week for May 3, 2019

Located in southern Cepheus is a large patch of faint nebulosity catalogued as IC1396. It extends south from the deep-red star Mu Cephei, also known as Herschel’s Garnet star. Within that complex of nebulosity there’s a feature known as the Elephant Trunk Nebula (sometimes referred to as IC1396A), believed to be a region of starbirth, similar to the famous “Pillars of Creation” within the Eagle Nebula (M16) in Sagittarius.

The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula by Daniel Beaulieu
The Elephant Trunk Nebula (Daniel-Beaulieu)

Daniel Beaulieu captured this detailed image of the Elephant Trunk from his backyard in Quebec City, Quebec, with a Celestron EdgeHD 800 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (working at f/7 with a reducer lens), Astrodon LRGB filters and Atik 383L+ monochrome CCD camera. The total exposure time was 234 minutes.

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