We had a cold front come through on Friday and it drove the Summertime temperatures down by about 15 degrees (F).
I brought the telescope out at 0100 this morning to let it get acclimated for a couple of hours before I started imaging Mars.
I had to go back into the house and put on my Winter coat. It was chilly.
While waiting for the telescope to cool down, I pointed it at a few other of my favorite deep space objects (DSO) and used SharpCap's live stacking to capture some images.
These images have at least one thing in common: Part of their beauty comes from the existence of dust. Interstellar dust, of course, but dust, nonetheless.
The Iris Nebula
NGC 7023, also known as the Iris Nebula, is a reflection nebula located in the constellation of Cepheus. The nebula has a young star at its center and since it is young, there is plenty of local dust surrounding the star. The starlight hits the dust and is reflected which becomes the purpleish nebula that we see.
|Iris Nebula. Purple, like its namesake, the flower.
|NGC 7331, with dust lanes visible.
|M 27 with knots of dust and gas.
|Southern polar ice cap, I see you!
|Dusty Mars with features peeking through . . .