NGC 7023 – The Iris Nebula

The Iris Nebula - NGC 7023
Dark Nebula NGC 7023, The Iris Nebula

Although we’ve enjoyed a nice and warm spring this year, the clouds have not been conducive to looking at pretty stars. But it looks like we’ve got a few days of nothing but sunshine coming up!

Shaking the cob webs off the telescope, I captured just under two hours of data on the dark nebula NGC 7023 (The Iris Nebula). Instead of using the DSO settings on the #QHY268C I went with the more basic “high gain” mode and was able to find a number that made sense for my dark skies.

  • Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron EdgeHD 9.25 
  • Imaging cameras: QHY268C
  • Mounts: Celestron CGX 
  • Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 50mm Guidescope
  • Guiding cameras: Orion Starshoot Autoguider 
  • Focal reducers: Celestron .7x Focal Reducer

  • Dates:May 12, 2021
  • Frames: 28×240″
  • Integration: 1.9 hours
  • Avg. Moon age: 0.63 days
  • Avg. Moon phase: 0.45%

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