Wide View of IC1396 by Philippe Moussette
Wide View of IC1396. (Philippe Moussette)
Wide View of IC1396 by Philippe Moussette

IC1396 is a popular complex of nebulosity in Cepheus the King.

Photo of the Week for August 16, 2019

Wide View of IC1396 by Philippe Moussette

Despite lacking a single Messier object to call its own, Cepheus the King is a popular hunting ground for deep-sky imagers. Without doubt, the most popular target is the complex of nebulosity known as IC1396, located near the Cepheus/Cygnus border. The prominent star near the nebula’s northern extreme is Mu (μ) Cephei—a stellar gem better known as Herschel’s Garnet Star, owing to its ruddy hue. Both Mu and the nebula are nicely framed in this 5-degree-wide photo by Quebec imager, Philippe Moussette.

For this IC1396 portrait, Philippe acquired a total of 40-minutes exposure shot at ISO1600 with a modified Canon EOS 6D DSLR camera and Takahashi FSQ-106 refractor telescope (with focal reducer).