NGC7023 Iris Nebula

Image information:

Date: 07/21/2007
Equipment: SBIG ST2000XM with CFW8a and Astronomik type 2c LRGB filter set through WO ZS105ED telescope on Losmandy GM8 mount. WO ZS105ED working at f5.6 with WO 0.8X reducer/flattener.
Image type: LRGB
Exposure time: 12X6min Luminance binned 1X1, RG&B 5X4min each binned 2X2.

Object information:

Object designations:

NGC7023, The Iris Nebula
Object type:
Diffuse reflection nebula
Object size:
Constellation: Cepheus
The Iris Nebula is one of the brightest reflection nebulae. Inside the nebula there is a young, massive, recently formed star. Fine dust particles in the nebula reflect the light of the central star. Characteristic blue color is due to scattering effect (also responsible for the blue color of our sky). Cold, dark, obscuring dust and molecular gas are also present in the nebula and create fascinating shapes. NGC7023 is 6 ly across and is 1300 ly away from us.

Related images:

List of related images:

Iris, LRGB, QSI583 through APM107/700 APO telecsope