NGC 7023 - The Iris Nebula
Date: October 31, 2008
Location: Seven Sisters Observatory - Manchester MI
Equipment: Megrez 90 APO, FFIII, Canon 10D Modified
Conditions: Poor to worse!
Film: None! DSLR @ ISO 800
Exposure: 8 X 900 seconds and 12x600 seconds with 3 X 900 seconds and 4x600 seconds dark frames
Comments: I was unsatisfied with my shot of this taken on the 29th. I re-shot four hours of data on the 31st but the conditions were very bad with transparency starting out poor and getting worse as the night progressed. much to my surprise I captured a meteor on one frame and I was able to preserve it through the processing. I really need a longer focal length system to shoot this one. An interesting fact - the bright star that illuminates this reflection nebula is a youthful Herbig Be star (HD200775) and is thought to be less than 5000 years old!