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NGC7380 The Wizard Nebula, 


            Randal Healey
NGC7380 The Wizard Nebula

NGC7380 The Wizard Nebula

Technical card

Resolution: 3301x2474

Dates:July 9, 2018July 10, 2018July 11, 2018

Astrodon BLUE 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance: 20x180" -10C bin 1x1
Astrodon GREEN 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance: 19x180" -10C bin 1x1
Astrodon HA 36mm - 5nm: 30x600" -10C bin 1x1
Astrodon Olll 36mm - 3nm: 29x600" -10C bin 1x1
Astrodon RED 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance: 21x180" -10C bin 1x1
Astrodon Sll 36mm - 5nm: 15x600" bin 1x1

Integration: 15.3 hours

Darks: ~50

Flats: ~50

Bias: ~70

Avg. Moon age: 26.51 days

Avg. Moon phase: 10.73% job: 2172592

RA center: 341.678 degrees

DEC center: 58.071 degrees

Pixel scale: 2.222 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 8.616 degrees

Field radius: 1.273 degrees

Locations: Healey "Utahopia" Observatory, Kaysville, Utah, United States

Data source: Backyard


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.



Randal Healey
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NGC7380 The Wizard Nebula, 


            Randal Healey