Iris Nebula

This fascinating reflection nebula is located in the constellation Cepheus.  It is illuminated by the central star which has approximately 10 times the mass of our sun.  Microscopic dust particles scatter the blue light given off by this star.  Surrounding this beautiful blue glow are reddish dust clouds - so dense that they obscure the stars in the background. 


OTA:  Skywatcher Esprit 120

Camera:  Atik 460ex w/EFW2 filter wheel

Filters:  Astrodon Gen2 ESeries LRGB

Mount:  AP Mach1

Exposure:  L:R:G:B    302:90:90:108 (m)

Data obtained:  June/July 2016

Meadowlark Ridge Observatory
Meadowlark Ridge Observatory