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Sh2-101 - Tulip Nebula



IC1396: Elephant's Trunk in Cepheus

RA = 21h 39 min; Dec = +57 deg 30 min

Date & Site:

Imaged on 08/7/2012: Runningman Observatory, Carlsbad CA

Conditions: 3rd quarter moon; humid,average seeing; average transparency


Telescope: Celestron C9.25 at F6.3 fl=1480mm

Mount: Losmandy G-11 with Gemini; Antares .63 reducer
Camera: ST-10XME; CFW10 with Astrodon filters

Externally guided through an 80mm achromatic refractor


Exposures: 2 hrs of Ha (3 nm) using 10-min subexposuress.

This image shows only a small portion of IC 1396 - a large emission nebula in Cepheus. The "elephant's trunk" is a cometary nebula - a band of dust and gas- being pushed away by radiation from a bright star near the top of the globule. Jets and winds of particles emitted from this bright star emit ambient gas and dust.

Located 3,000 light years away

FOV = 13.8 x 20.4 arc minutes

Click Here to see a full image of IC 1396

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