Wizard nebula in Cepheus

37515c78aa427ba4fca600bcc3ad67f6.1824x0_q100_watermark Located only 8,000 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 100 about 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 Cepheus. Although the nebula may last only a few million years, some of the stars being formed may outlive our Sun.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TOA-150
Imaging cameras: QHYCCD QHY 11
Mounts: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Astro-Tech TSAPO65Q
Software: Maxim DL, PixInsight LE, CCDStack2
Filters: Baader LRGB Ha SII OIII 2″
Accessories: SBIG STI
Dates: Aug. 5, 2013
Frames: 32×1200″
Integration: 10.7 hours

Author: Steve Yan

AstroPhotography of the day by SPONLI
05 May 2014