Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Cepheus (Cep)  ·  Contains:  NGC 7380
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Sorcerer in Cepheus NGC 7380, 


            Terry Hancock
Sorcerer in Cepheus NGC 7380
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Sorcerer in Cepheus NGC 7380

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FSQ-130

Imaging cameras: QHYCCD QHY600m

Mounts: software bisque Paramount ME

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Lodestar Autoguider X2

Software: PixInsight 1.8  ·  Starnet ++  ·  Adobe Photoshopc CC

Filters: Chroma Technology LRGB filters  ·  Chroma Ha 5nm, OIII 5nm, SII 5nm

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4180937

RA center: 22h 47' 20"

DEC center: +58° 16' 58"

Pixel scale: 1.196 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 2.580 degrees

Field radius: 1.844 degrees

Resolution: 9310x6042

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Grand Mesa Observatory


Resembling the shape of a medieval Sorcerer in the constellation Cepheus the open cluster NGC 7380 and the surrounding Nebula known as “The Wizard Nebula” otherwise known as Sh2-142 lies at a distance of approximately 8500 light years and spans 20 light years.
Captured recently using the new QHY600 60 Megapixel Full Frame Monochrome CMOS camera mounted on the Takahashi 130 FSQ that we have the honor of testing for QHYCCD.
This new setup is available immediately for people wanting to subscribe to Grand Mesa Observatory's system 1. https://grandmesaobservatory.com/equipment

In this Hubble Palette version (SHO) the H-Alpha is mapped to green, SII is mapped to red and OIII is mapped to the blue channel. while the colors in this image are not the true colors, the narrowband filters used in the making of this Hubble Palette image reveal much more of the hidden gasses not visible in a broadband image, I used Starnet in Pixinsight to make the image Starless and then added the more natural star color by inserting stars from the RGB image. Captured over 4 nights in October 2020 for a total acquisition time of 11.6 hours.

Technical Details
Captured and processed by: Terry Hancock
Location: GrandMesaObservatory.com Purdy Mesa, Colorado
Dates of Capture October, 14th, 19th, 20th, 21st 2020

RED 65 min 13 x 300 sec
GREEN 60 min 12 x 300 sec
BLUE 40 min 8 x 300 sec
HA 170 min 17 x 600 sec
OIII 170 min 17 x 600 sec
SII 190 min 19 x 600 sec
Narrowband Filters by Chroma
Camera: QHY600 Monochrome CMOS Photographic version
Gain 60, Offset 76 in Read Mode Photographic 16 bit
Calibrated with Dark, Bias and Flat Frames
Optics: Walter Holloway's Takahashi FSQ 130 APO Refractor @ F5
Image Scale: 1.19 arcsec/pix
Field of View: 3d 7' 41.0" x 2d 3' 5.3 (127.3 x 190.1 arcmin)
EQ Mount: Paramount ME
Image Acquisition software Maxim DL6 Pre Processing and Starnet in Pixinsight Post Processed in Photoshop CC


Sky plot

Sky plot


Sorcerer in Cepheus NGC 7380, 


            Terry Hancock