The Wizard Nebula NGC 7380, imaged using the Starfield Optics 8″ astrograph and Starizona Nexus reducer/corrector (F3 focal ratio). Also used was a QHY268M camera, QHY filter wheel and Optolong 3nm Ha, OIII and R-G-B filters.
The Wizard Nebula surrounds the glowing open star cluster NGC 7380, which is around 7200 light years distant from Earth. Some have compared the shape that has been formed by the interaction of stars, gas, and dust to that of a fictitious mediaeval magician. This active star-forming region spans about 100 light years.
The Wizard Nebula NGC 7380 is located in the northern circumpolar constellation of Cepheus. It was discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1787.
Image processed in PixInsight. Imaged from my backyard.
- Starfield Optics 8″ Astrograph (native F4) http://bit.ly/3WOrKsf
- Starizona NEXUS .75 reducer/coma corrector for F3 https://bit.ly/3MCijaB
- QHY268M CMOS Camera (https://bit.ly/3Aj23FE), 26mp, 3.76um @ -10C
- QHY CFW3-L 7 position https://bit.ly/3IiYoxY
- Optolong 3nm filters https://bit.ly/32P5WXg
- Skywatcher EQ6 mount https://bit.ly/3jEonpC / Skyshed Pier (Skyshedpod.com)
- Pegasus Astro Focus Cube https://bit.ly/2NDdEb2
- NINA 2.0 for acquisition
- Processed in PixInsight
- Seeing and transparency: average to good
- Total integration time: 4 hours 20min (1min subs at high gain)
- Location: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
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