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NGC7023 - The Iris Nebula
1300 light years away, in constellation of Cepheus, interstellar gas and dust clouds of NGC7023 appears as cosmic flower, known as The Iris Nebula. The Iris Nebula is a bright reflection nebula embedded in unbelievable field of stars and surrounded by very faint clouds of interstellar dust clumped together.
The Nebula very known to its characteristic blue colors and shape, which is caused by reflected starlight of the dust clouds. The nebula becomes visible thanks to a light of a very young star, V380 Cep, that is right in the middle of the nebula. This young star is believed to be a 5500 years of age and plenty of dust clouds nearby to be lit from its newborn light. Two bright galaxies are also made their way in to this field, one is face on galaxy that looks like a blob in upper left and called PGC66063 and the second one is the edge on galaxy on the bottom and slightly left, named PGC65642. Check the annotated version to see.
Optics : Takahashi FSQ106-EDX4 @ F3 @ 320 mm (F3RD)
Camera : QSI 660 WSG-8
Filters : Astrodon Gen 2 E-Series - LRGB Filter Set - 1.25"
Mount : NEQ-6 Pro (Self Hypertuned/Belt Mod)
Guiding: QSI OAG + SX Lodestar X2
Acquisition : Sequence Generator Pro (3.0.3)
Exposure : Lum (1x1) - 129 x 180 6 Hours 27 Minutes
R (1x1) - 46 x 180 2 Hours 18 Minutes
G (1x1) - 42 x 180 2 Hours 06 Minutes
B (1x1) - 43 x 180 2 Hours 09 Minutes
Total Exposure: 13 Hours
Processing : PixInsight 01.08.06
Date: (18-19.06.2020) (22.08.2020)