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NGC 7380, The Wizard Nebula


NGC 7380 (also known as the Wizard Nebula) is an open cluster discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1787. William Herschelincluded 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: SharpStar 107 Super APO
Imaging cameras: Atik 314L+
Mounts: Sky-Watcher NEQ-6 Goto
Focal reducers: SHARPSTAR 0.8 reducer
Software: Adobe Photoshop Photoshop CS5, Maxim DL,  Imagenomic Noiseware professional
Filters: Astronomik Ha 12nm 1.25”,  Astronomik O III
Resolution: 1346×976
Dates: Sept. 22, 2014,  Nov. 19, 2014
Astronomik Ha 12nm 1.25”: 61×203″ bin 1×1
Astronomik O III: 51×220″ bin 1×1
Integration: 6.6 hours
Avg. Moon age: 26.77 days
Avg. Moon phase: 8.83%
RA center: 341.724 degrees
DEC center: 57.973 degrees
Orientation: 98.542 degrees
Field radius: 0.546 degrees
Locations: Home, AOSTA, Italy
Author: Marco Stra

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