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.

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The Starfield Optics 8 inch astrograph (with Nexus F3 reducer/corrector, QHY268M camera and filter wheel ride atop a Sky Watcher EQ6 mount under the starry night sky.

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.

 

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