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

Exposure: 144 x 5 minutes (12hr)

About This Image


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


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.


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


Location in the Night Sky

(Star Chart created using PixInsight)


All Images    Craig Sherris