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Image is of The Elephant's Trunk nebula,a concentration of interstellar gas and dust within the ionized gas region IC 1396 located in the constellation Cepheus about 2,400 light years away from Earth. Contains 4hrs Ha(1x1),4hrs O3 and 2 hrs S2 (both 2x2), all 20 min exposures in Natural Colour. Taken with an Atik 383+ Mono on Richey-Cretien 250mm F5.4 on NEQ6,guided by PHD/QHY5 camera, stacked in DSS and processed in Photoshop CS5

[Ian Smith] [Aug 2014 replacement of earlier image]