NGC 7380 / SH2-142
Nebula in Cepheus

RA: 22h 47m 0s Dec: +58 06', Distance: 7200 ly

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   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. 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.

Location & Date Backyard, Abbott Observatory- Long Island, NY, August & September 2014
Telescope Orion ED80 F/7.5, Losmandy G11 Gemini Image scale 2.54 arcsec/pixel
Camera SBIG ST-2000XM
Baader Ha OIII SII AR Filters
CCD temp -15C
Exposure Times (Ha) 36x10m (SII)36x10m (OIII) 36x10m Bin 1x1
Other Information Image planning - CCD Navigator
Image acquisition/focus/guiding/dither - CCD Autopilot4 w/CCDSoft/TheSky6/PinPoint
Image Processing * CCDStack - Calibration, Normalize, Alignment, Mean Combine, Deconvolution
* Adobe CS4 - Ha SII OIII combine, Levels, Curves, Sharpening, Noise reduction, JPEG conversion

© 2014 Michael A. Siniscalchi