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 IC 1396 and Surrounding Starfield 
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Elefant Trunk Nebula
Barnard 163
Garnet Star

Sprawling across hundreds of light-years, emission nebula IC 1396, visible on the center, mixes glowing cosmic gas and dark dust clouds. Stars are forming in this area, only about 3,000 light-years from Earth. This wide angle view also captures surrounding emission and absorption nebula. The red glow in IC 1396 and across the image is created by cosmic hydrogen gas recapturing electrons knocked away by energetic starlight. The dark dust clouds are dense groups of smoke-like particles common in the disks of spiral galaxies. Among the intriguing dark shapes within IC 1396, the winding Elephant's Trunk nebula lies just up of the nebula's center. IC 1396 lies in the high and far off constellation of Cepheus. [Text adapted from APOD]

Optics: Takahashi FSQ-106EDXIII F/3.6 383mm. - APO Refractor
Mount: AP Mach1 GTO
Camera: Canon 5D MkII - Baader Mod
Filters: OSC
Guiding Systems: Tecnosky 60/228 Guide Scope- SX Lodestar
Dates/Times: 2 August 2013
Location: Col Basset - Turin - Italy
Exposure Details: OSC => 140 = > (28x5) ISO 1600 [num x minutes]
Cooling Details: Ambient 13C
Acquisition: BackyardEOS, TheSkyX
Processing: PixInsight, PS CS5
Mean FWHM: 1.98
SQM-L: 21.47 / 21.65