NGC 7380 The Wizard Nebula

NGC 7380, Wizard Nebula, SH2-142

NGC 7380 L+SHO

Distance: 7,200 Light Years
Magnitude: 7.2
Size: 25 Arc-minutes
Age: Approx. 4 million years
Telescope: Takahashi TOA-130
Camera: QSI 683
Mount: AP 1100
Exposures: L 20×600 Bin 1, SII 25×900, Ha 25×900, OIII 25×900

NGC 7380, The Wizard Nebula, is an open cluster surrounded by the emission nebula from which it formed. NGC 7380 is in the constellation Cepheus and contains an eclipsing binary star known as HD 215835. HD 215835 is thought to be the primary illumination source of the nebula and is dead center in my image. It is rather unimposing and doesn’t appear bright enough to be a source star. The cluster and surrounding nebula is part of the much larger Cep OB1 Association located in the Perseus arm of the galaxy. The cluster is not that large at 3-5 arc minutes and is set against a deep star field behind large amounts of dust. This complicates distance calculations and thus the variety of distances found for this object.

[A KINEMATIC AND PHOTOMETRIC STUDY OF THE GALACTIC YOUNG STAR CLUSTER NGC 7380, 2011]

NGC 7380, Wizard Nebula, SH2-142

NGC 7380 LRGB

Telescope: Takahashi TOA-130
Camera: QSI 683
Mount: AP 1100
Exposures: L 20×600 Bin 1, RGB 20×300 Bin 2

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