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NGC 7380 Wizard Nebula in the Hubble Palette, 


        Douglas J Struble
NGC 7380 Wizard Nebula in the Hubble Palette

NGC 7380 Wizard Nebula in the Hubble Palette

Technical card

Resolution: 3792x3032

Dates: July 10, 2017July 13, 2017June 21, 2018June 24, 2018June 25, 2018

Astrodon Ha 5nm: 49x240" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon Ha 5nm: 53x120" (gain: 201.00) -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon OIII 3nm: 42x240" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon OIII 3nm: 65x120" (gain: 201.00) -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon SII 3nm: 75x240" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 15.0 hours

Darks: ~50

Flats: ~50

Bias: ~250

Avg. Moon age: 13.38 days

Avg. Moon phase: 84.57%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 6.00 job: 2117796

RA center: 341.669 degrees

DEC center: 58.133 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.648 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 115.580 degrees

Field radius: 0.437 degrees

Locations: Backyard Red Zone Observatory, Taylor, MI, Michigan, United States

Data source: Backyard


I know the wizard is upside down, but prefer this composition. I started on this last year, but ran out of time and finally captured the remaining data this year.

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.



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NGC 7380 Wizard Nebula in the Hubble Palette, 


        Douglas J Struble