IC1396 The Elephant’s Trunk Emission Nebula Complex in Cepheus with the Garnet Star Mu Cephei.

The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula is a concentration of interstellar gas and dust within the much larger ionized gas region,

IC 1396 Nebula Complex is about 2,400 light years away from Earth.

Mu Cephei,(the bright 4th magnitude star at top) also known as Herschel’s Garnet Star, Erakis, or HD 206936, is a red super-giant or hyper-giant and is a variable star in the constellation Cepheus. It appears garnet red and is located at the edge of the IC 1396 nebula.

I captured this wide field shot with a Samyang 135mm lens & ZWO 294MC cooled Cmos Camera, L-Enhance Filter, Bisque MyT Mount, 60 x 120sec subs exposures, for a total of 2 hours of exposure time,

from my backyard Observatory in Dayton, Ohio on 08-182-2012, using the ASI Air app, captured via my I-pad.

Best Regards,

John Chumack