Murky Dust Pillars

Last night looks as though it was probably the last of any clear evenings for a while. I decided to take a look at IC 1396 in Cepheus. This is a large patch of nebulosity with some interesting features including these dust pillars (referred to as "The Elephant's Trunk Nebula"). Unfortunately the session was ruined by ever increasing patches of thin, hazy cloud which made getting a decent set of subs impossible....a marked change from the clarity of the previous evening when doing the Cocoon. I got five exposures that were worth trying with although the resulting image is a bit of an over-processed affair that I'm sure can be much improved upon given some better conditions. Details: 10" F4.3 Newtonian. 5x 8 minute exposures @iso800 with CLS in DSS & CS2.

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