The Iris Nebula

A young hot star illuminates this beautiful reflection nebula some 1,300 light years away in the constellation Cepheus. The bluish portion of this vast cloud of dust is about three light years across, nearly the distance from our sun to our nearest neighbor star.


Image Details
Camera: Starlight Xpress Trius 694
Optic: RH-200 f/3
Exposure: 18x10 minute stacked, LRGB Exposures.
Mount: Paramount MX
Date: June, 2014
Other: Imaged from Cherry Springs Star Party

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The Iris Nebula