Nicknamed the “Iris Nebula,” NGC 7023 is a reflection nebula located approximately 1,300 light years from Earth towards the constellation Cepheus. Ultraviolet light from the hot young star at the nebula’s core reflects off the dense dust cloud, causing it to appear blue. This nebula is often studied due to the high content of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons found within it. Shining at an apparent magnitude of 6.8, this nebula and cluster can be seen with modest sized telescopes.
Image credit: Ryan M. Hannahoe and Salvatore Grasso
Equipment Used: 16″ RC Optical Systems Telescope, Bisque Paramount ME, and STX16803 CCD
Location: Perez Observatory at New Mexico Skies, Mayhill – New Mexico