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Date/Time of photo:
July 10 - 12, 2023
Sky-Watcher 150 PDS + SvBony SV605MC + 7nm SHO filters from ZWO
This image vividly showcases the intricate structures of the Elephant's Trunk Nebula with the SHO palette bringing out the sweeping ridges and pockets of cool interstellar dust and gas. Almost every point of light in this image is a star forming region, where the raw materials for future stars are coalescing. The nebula itself is a part of the larger IC 1396 complex located in the Cepheus constellation. This intricate network of gas and dust is being shaped by the intense ultraviolet radiation from the young, hot stars within it. The complex is nearly 3,000 light-years away and spans over five degrees in the sky. Equipment: - Imaging Telescope: Sky-Watcher Explorer 150PDS - Mount: Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro - Camera: SVBony SV605MC - Filters: ZWO H-alpha 7nm 1.25", ZWO O-III 7nm 1.25", ZWO S-II 7nm 1.25" Exposure: - Night 1 (July 10, 2023): 48 x 300" captured in Ha - Night 2 (July 11, 2023): 47 x 300" captured in OIII - Night 3 (July 12, 2023): 53 x 300" captured in SII Total exposure time: 12 hours 20 minutes.