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Contains:  NGC 7380
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NGC7380 Wizard Nebula-SHO

Technical card

Resolution: 3908x3066

Dates:Sept. 23, 2018

Frames:Astrodon 5nm Ha OIII SII filters: 217x180" (gain: 99.00) -18C bin 1x1

Integration: 10.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 13.25 days

Avg. Moon phase: 97.42%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00

Temperature: 15.00 job: 2320418

RA center: 341.750 degrees

DEC center: 58.089 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.700 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 267.720 degrees

Field radius: 0.483 degrees

Locations: Dark Star Observatory, Taos, New Mexico, United States

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Non-commercial independent facility


Imaged on nights of 9/23/2018, 9/26/2018, 9/27/2018, 9/28/2018.

NGC 7380 (also known as the Wizard Nebula) is an open cluster discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1787. William Herschel included his sister's discovery in his catalog, and labelled it H VIII.77. It is also known as 142 in the 1959 Sharpless catalog (Sh2-142). This reasonably large nebula is located in Cepheus. It is extremely difficult to observe visually, usually requiring very dark skies and an O-III filter.

Located 7200 light years away, the Wizard nebula, surrounds developing open star cluster NGC 7380. Visually, the interplay of stars, gas, and dust has created a shape that appears to some like a fictional medieval sorcerer. The active star forming region spans 100 about light years, making it appear larger than the angular extent of the Moon. The Wizard Nebula can be located with a small telescope toward the constellation of the King of Aethiopia (Cepheus). Although the nebula may last only a few million years, some of the stars being formed may outlive our Sun.



Jerry Macon
License: Attribution Creative Commons

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NGC7380 Wizard Nebula-SHO, 


            Jerry Macon