NGC 7023 - The Iris Nebula | Astrophotography Tips & Pictures

Updated: Nov 26

If there were a place to call heaven in space, this would be it. This magnificent, blue reflection nebula has a bright young star in its center and gradually becomes darker as it is surrounded by clouds of interstellar dust.

NGC 7023 itself is bright, but it is surrounded by very faint dust. It is a gorgeous object located in the northern constellation of Cepheus. The Iris Nebula is a difficult target for beginner astrophotographers, and will test your processing skills to the max!