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The Elephant's Trunk Nebula

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During the recent spells of clear skies I had the opportunity to image the Elephant's Trunk Nebula in our back garden.
It is a concentration of interstellar gas and dust within the much larger ionized gas region IC 1396 located in the constellation Cepheus about 2,400 light years away.
This image is a total of about 20.5 hours of exposure using Ha, OIII, SII and Hb filters. The channel combination is a bit unorthodox but it's loosely following the Hubble Space Telescope (SHO) palette.
Considering the light pollution levels I'm in (Bortle class 8), I'm pretty pleased with the outcome.

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Considering your skies,thats a great result,well done.

Mick.

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