"The Iris Nebula" in Cepheus
NGC 7023

The Iris Nebula in Cepheus

Image Details (Click on Image for Higher Resolution Image):

Telescope: Takahashi TOA-130 @ F7.68 (999mm) w/Field Flattener
Wikipedia Notes: The Iris Nebula, also NGC 7023 and Caldwell 4, is a bright reflection nebula and Caldwell object in theconstellation Cepheus. NGC 7023 is actually the cluster within the nebula, LBN 487, and the nebula is lit by amagnitude +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.[2]
Mount: Astro-Physics 900GTO
Camera: SBIG ST-2000XM w/CFW-10 & Custom Scientific Filters
Exposure: LRGB = 300:60:60:60 Minutes (RGB Binned 2x2)
Location: ARGO, Oregon USA
Date: August 2005