Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Cepheus (Cep)  ·  Contains:  NGC 7023  ·  Part of the constellation Cepheus (Cep)  ·  The star 11Cep  ·  The star 16Cep  ·  The star 6Cep  ·  The star 73Dra  ·  The star 7Cep  ·  The star 9Cep  ·  The star Alderamin (αCep)  ·  The star Alfirk (βCep)  ·  The star ηCep  ·  The star θCep
NGC7023 - The Dust in Cepheus, 



    
        

            Jason Guenzel
NGC7023 - The Dust in Cepheus
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NGC7023 - The Dust in Cepheus

NGC7023 - The Dust in Cepheus, 



    
        

            Jason Guenzel
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NGC7023 - The Dust in Cepheus

Equipment

Acquisition details

Dates:
May 5, 2019
Frames:
172×60(2h 52′) ISO800 bin 1×1
Integration:
2h 52′
Darks:
50
Flats:
50
Bias:
256
Avg. Moon age:
0.54 days
Avg. Moon phase:
0.32%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 2688062

RA center: 20h59m43s.2

DEC center: +68°3516

Pixel scale: 20.747 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 90.895 degrees

Field radius: 8.882 degrees

Resolution: 2588x1674

File size: 4.1 MB

Data source: Traveller

Description

The constellation of Cepheus is literally bathed in Milky Way dust structures. Near the center of the frame is the popular Iris Nebula. I admit that it is barely recognizable when you step back this far. The bright blue stars are some of the main visual stars of Cepheus.

I was finally able to get out from underneath a light dome and shoot some wide and fast exposures in sky measuring 21.7 SQM. The astrophotography, well, was definitely like nothing like I am used to! I've never even travelled with any of my equipment before. It was a whole new experience, mostly plagued by rookie mistakes. I also had to tend to a dew problem that actually led to a nice diffusion effect on the bright stars. I decided to leave those frames in the stack because I rather liked the wash-of-color appearance.

But, the simplest rig I could muster gave the best result. This includes a Canon 6D with a Rokinon 135mm at f/2 on a Celestron AVX mount. It was shot with an intervalometer cable release and centered using the mount's hand controller.

+1 for simplifying your life.

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NGC7023 - The Dust in Cepheus, 



    
        

            Jason Guenzel

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