December: Test shots with new scopes/mounts
Dec 21: TMB 80/480 Arrives!
Dec 3: AP1200 Arrives!
Nov 30: TMB 152/1200 Arrives!
This is a closeup of the Western portion of IC 1396, a Dark Nebula known as the Elephant Trunk in the constellation of Cepheus. The Dark Nebula (LDN 1105) suggests the elephant-trunk shape, while vdB 142 actually refers to the tiny patch of Reflection Nebula around the 9th mag star HD 239710 near the elephant's snout (see the mouse-over labels). This image is "First Light post-nasal surgery" <grin>, and I'm pretty happy with it considering the poor seeing and transparency. It could definitely use some Hα exposures to improve the contrast. A higher resolution image is also available. North is up.