NGC7380 – Wizard nebula in Cepheus

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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. It is extremely difficult to observe visually, usually requiring very dark skies and an O-III filter.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: GSO 8″ f/8 RC
Imaging cameras: QSI 683wsg-8
Mounts: 10 Micron GM2000 QCI
Guiding cameras: Lodestar
Focal reducers: Astro-Physics CCDT67 reducer
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5,  Pleiades Astrophoto PIXINSIGHT 1.8
Resolution: 3192×2465
Dates: Aug. 14, 2014
Frames:
Astrodon Blue Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 7×480″ bin 2×2
Astrodon Green Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 7×480″ bin 2×2
Astrodon Ha 5nm: 8×1800″ bin 1×1
Astrodon Luminance Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 10×900″ -20C bin 1×1
Astrodon Red Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 7×480″ bin 2×2
Integration: 9.3 hours
Avg. Moon age: 18.49 days
Avg. Moon phase: 85.08%
Mean FWHM: 2.60
RA center: 341.781 degrees
DEC center: 58.102 degrees
Pixel scale: 0.991 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 2.297 degrees
Field radius: 0.555 degrees
Locations: AstroCamp remote observatory, Nerpio, Spain
Author: Stellario