This image was produced with a RCOS half meter telescope and a SBIG STL-11000 camera between May 22- May 30, 2006.
Exposure times: 570 minutes Luminance, 225 minutes Red, 135 minutes Green and 270 minutes Blue (1X1)

The Iris Nebula (NGC 7023) in Cepheus

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Great Expectations

In 1861, after nine months of serialized installments, Charles Dickens published, what many believe to be his greatest work- a semi-autobiographical story about the life of a young protagonist named Pip. The novel is distinguished by the richness of themes and ideas it engages. But, three threads that help weave them into tapestry seem apparent:

  • the challenges against which we struggle can also serve as inspiration to overcome them;
  • the truth sometimes is hidden by the surface and
  • most mysteries will reveal themselves sooner if we pay closer attention.

This is true of life, it is true of creating astro-images and it can also be said a characteristic of opening remote observatories.

Therefore, I would like to share my first light image from the Blackbird Observatory- the culmination of an effort that started many months ago by myself and two Partners.

Flowers are usually presented at special occasions, therefore, this picture of the Iris Nebula, above, seems very appropriate and conveys my Great Expectations of what I hope will come.

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