An emission nebula characterized by the dense, sinuous patch of gas that appears like an elephant's trunk in the bottom half of this image.

It’s been such a dismal summer here in the northeast for astrophotography. With Canadian wildfire smoke and a lot of rain and humidity, the sky has not been forgiving. This was taken on the first night in a very long time that’s been clear enough to setup and let a capture run. And run it did.

This night wasn’t totally perfect, the moon was almost full, so that doesn’t help. But the moon is something I know how to deal with.

This is my first capture of the Elephant’s Trunk, IC1396. It’s always been a bit darker than I had the confidence to capture. This time I didn’t care.

Session Exposure Gain Offset Frames Integration time
2023-07-30 60s ISO 1600 150 2h 20m
Astro-Tech AT115EDT 115mm f/7 ED Triplet Refractor w/ 0.8x Reducer/Flattener
Losmandy GM-8 German Equatorial Mount, Gemini 2, Losmandy FLW Tripod
Canon EOS 6D Mark II (Hα modified)
Orion StarShoot Autoguider
ZWO EAF Electronic Automatic Focuser, iOptron iPolar
N.I.N.A., PHD2 Guiding, SkySafari Pro, AstroPixelProcessor, Topaz Photo AI, Capture One