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Contains:  NGC 7380, NGC7380, Sh2-142
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Wizard Nebula - NGC7380, 


            Thomas Richter
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Wizard Nebula - NGC7380

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Dates:June 21, 2018June 27, 2018Sept. 14, 2019Sept. 15, 2019

Baader Ha 1.25" 7nm: 40x600" (gain: 200.00) -20C bin 1x1
Baader Planetarium O3 1.25" 8.5nm: 23x420" (gain: 200.00) -20C bin 1x1
Baader Planetarium SII 1.25" 8nm: 18x420" (gain: 200.00) -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 11.5 hours

Darks: ~37

Flats: ~27

Flat darks: ~100

Avg. Moon age: 13.39 days

Avg. Moon phase: 89.80% job: 2923802

RA center: 22h 47' 10"

DEC center: +58° 3' 5"

Pixel scale: 0.493 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -66.345 degrees

Field radius: 0.447 degrees

Resolution: 5417x3638

Locations: Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Bayern, Germany

Data source: Backyard


Object description (

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 about 100 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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    Wizard Nebula - NGC7380, 


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Wizard Nebula - NGC7380, 


            Thomas Richter