Wizard Nebula

81. Wizard Nebula


NGC 7380  RA: 22h 47.0'  Dec: +58 06'   Cepheus (Cep)

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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.

Located 7200 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 about 100 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 the King of Aethiopia (Cepheus). Although the nebula may last only a few million years, some of the stars being formed may outlive our Sun.
 

Image Information

Location Burlington IN
Date Oct 9 2010
Optics AstroTech AT8IN
Filters Baader MPCC
Mount Celestron CGE
Camera Canon/Hutech 500DH
ISO 800
Subexposures 12
Exposure Length 300
Guider Stellarvue Nighthawk II/ST-4
 

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