NGC 7023: The Iris Nebula

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

The Iris Nebula, also NGC 7023 and Caldwell 4, is a bright reflection nebula and Caldwell object in the constellation Cepheus. NGC 7023 is actually the cluster within the nebula, LBN 487, and the nebula is lit by a magnitude +7 star, SAO 19158.[1] It shines at magnitude +6.8. It is located near the Mira-type variable star T Cephei, and near the bright magnitude +3.23 variable star Beta Cephei (Alphirk). It lies 1,300 light-years away and is six light-years across. (Source: Wikipedia). Orion 8 Astrograph Newtonian, Baader MPCC coma corrector, Canon T3i (modified) at prime focus, f3.9, ISO 1600, 23×23 subs, 2 darks.

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Submitted by jimwcoleman on Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:49

This is always a fun target .... and not that difficult to acquire. I hope I get back to it soon!