NGC 7023 The Iris Nebula

NGC 7023 
The Iris Nebula

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The gas and dust of intergalactic stellar creation glow with a delicate blue light reflected from a recently born star in the constellation, Cepheus. The stellar winds generated by the energetic magnitude 7 central star, SAO 19158 light up and shape the surrounding molecular clouds reminiscent of blue iris petals after which this lovely nebula was named.

Date Imaged       :

August 16 - 17, 2009

Lens       :

Borg 77ED f/5.5

Camera       :

Atik 16HR

Exposure       :

4 hours

Filter       :

Baader LRGB 12,12,12,12 x 5min

Mount       :

Losmandy Titan

Location       :

Stardust Observatory, Baguio, Philippines