The Cosmic Gateway in Cepheus


Paul C Swift

Valencia, Spain

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Vixen VSD
Imaging cameras: Starlight Express SXVR-H18
Mounts: Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Pro
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Vixen VSD
Guiding cameras: sx loadstar
Software: Sequence Generator Pro, PixInsight 1.8, Photoshop CS5, PHD, Main Sequence Software
Filters: H-alpha 3.5 Nm, Baader SII 8.5nm, Baader O III 8.5nm
Accessories: Starlight Xpress USB filter wheel
Resolution: 4542×3208
Dates: Oct. 20, 2015, Oct. 21, 2015, Oct. 22, 2015
Ha 8.5nm: 30×1800″
O III 8.5nm: 40×1800″
SII 8.5nm: 20×1800″
Integration: 45.0 hours

Locations: Home observatory, Valencia, Spain

The Elephant’s Trunk nebula 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 from Earth.
This two panel mosaic has an Integration of 45.0 hours