Date: November 08,15,23,24, 2023

Exposure: 144 x 5 minutes (12hr)


About This Image

Gear:

Telescope: Stellarvue SVX130T-R
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Camera: Player One Poseidon-C Pro
Filter: Antlia ALP-T, Player One Duoband Anti-Halo
Accessories: 3.5" Feathertouch • Stellarvue SFFX2
Guiding: Starfield 50mm Guide Scope • ASI462MC
Software: Photoshop • PixInsight • TheSkyX • Starkeeper Voyager • GraXpert

Description:

The Wizard Nebula, also known as NGC 7380, is an emission nebula that surrounds the open star cluster NGC 7380 in the constellation Cepheus. It is located about 7,200 light-years from Earth within the Milky Way Galaxy[1][2]. The nebula spans an area on the sky of about 110 light-years, with a radius of 100 light-years, and occupies an area the size of a full moon[3]. The open cluster NGC 7380 was discovered by the German astronomer Caroline Herschel in 1787, and the estimated age of the cluster is 4 million years[3]. The stars of NGC 7380 have emerged from this star-forming region in the last 5 million years, making it a relatively young cluster[1]. The radiation and stellar winds of the cluster's young stars are responsible for creating the nebula's shape[3].

The Wizard Nebula is a challenging object to observe and requires O-III filters and very dark skies[2][3]. It is an active star-forming region, and the ultraviolet light from the luminous type O and B stars formed within the molecular cloud ionizes the nebula's hydrogen, which in turn re-emits light in the red part of the spectrum[3]. The nebula is said to resemble the appearance of a medieval sorcerer and is a beautiful example of a star-forming region in our galaxy[3].

Depicted in the HOO color palette inspired by Hubble images.

Sources:

  • [1] https://www.nasa.gov/image-article/wizard-nebula/
  • [2] https://www.universeguide.com/nebula/wizardnebula
  • [3] https://skyandtelescope.org/online-gallery/the-wizard-nebula-ngc-7380/

Distance: 7,200 light-years
Size: 20 light-years



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(Star Chart created using PixInsight)

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