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IC1396A is the designation for the Elephant Trunk Nebula: a dense cloud of ionized gas that has been compressed into a round shape from opposing forces of a massive star and several younger stars. The larger star illuminates the edge of the cloud and provides contrast for the trunk that curls at the end of a long column of interstellar dust. It is believed this compressed gas is forming into protostars.
This photograph is part of our signature series.
Telescope:   Celestron EdgeHD 9.25
Length:   1645mm
Aperture:   235mm
F-stop:   f/7.0
Sessions:   1
Captured:   2022-07-13
Lights:   109
Exposure:   120
Total exposure:   3 h
Ra:   21h 35m 22.3s
Dec:   +57° 31' 11.28
Size:   33.671 x 23.769 arcmin
Radius:   0.343 deg
Scale:   0.569 arcsec/pixel