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The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula by John Erik Minerva

Photo of the Week for September 1, 2017

The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula by John Erik MinervaLight pollution? No problem! Believe it or not, this wonderfully detailed image of the Elephant’s Trunk Nebula (IC1396A) in Cepheus was captured under the bright lights of Toronto, Ontario. “The wonders of narrowband imaging!” succinctly explains astrophotographer John Erik Minerva. By passing only the faint emissions from the nebula, these filters allow astrophotographers to produce remarkable images like this one even from badly light-polluted locations.

The nebula portrait combines a total of more than 12½ hours of exposure data acquired through H-alpha, OIII, and SII (Sulphur II) narrowband filters. John Erik used a Celestron C6-N 6-inch f/5 reflector telescope (fitted with a Baader MPCC Mark II coma corrector) and Starlight Express Trius SX814 CCD camera riding on a Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Pro mount.

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One comment on “The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula by John Erik Minerva
  1. Andy says:

    Considering the circumstances it was taken, this image is a true testament of the tremendous possibilities available thru the modern digital photography and amateur-level astronomy equipment. Nevertheless, it still does not negate the need for skills, patience, creativity and obsession by the hobby that are so vividly manifested by this masterpiece.

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