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The elephant trunk nebula is part of a much larger emission nebula IC 1396 located about 2,400 light years away in the constellation Cepheus. It is an active star forming region of our galaxy.

Shot the nights of 6.27 and 6.28.14 from Southern Utah
Atik 314L+ Monochrome at -11C
Orion Thin OAG
8" F4 OTA with Sky Watcher F4 CC
Atlas EQ-G
Nautilus FW + Orion 2" RGB Filters
LRGB 240:45:45:51
6.35 hours of exposure
14 Darks
DSS and Photoshop