Location of Photo:
Mayhill, NM USA remotely from La Jolla, CA USA
Date/Time of photo:
October 8, 2017 at 0600 UT
Takahashi FSQ-ED 106 mm Refractor/Imaging System
This is IC 1396 located in the constellation Cepheus about 2,400 light years away from Earth, and the area marked by arrows is known as the Elephant's Trunk Nebula, a concentration of active, star-forming, interstellar gas and dust within the much larger ionized gas region. The bright rim around the Elephant's Trunk is the surface of a dense cloud that is being illuminated and ionized by a very bright, massive star. The imaging, done remotely last night on T14, a 106 mm refractor at the Mayhill, NM, iTelescope.net site, was done with narrow band (Hydrogen, Sulfur and Oxygen) filters to mitigate a very bright near full moon.