|Here is a recent attempt at IC1396,
the Elephant Trunk Nebula. This image was taken on a night of so-so
transparency, but good seeing. Click on the image to see an earlier
attempt with older optics and camera, click again to return to this
image. The older image has been rotated an scaled to match the newer
The Newtonian I now use does not suffer from astigmatism as did my older SNT, making for tighter stars. My current Canon 60Da has much better Ha response and considerably lower noise as well. Finally I have developed much better processing techniques over the years, resulting in a sharper image with tight stars while maintaining star colour.