Wouter's Astro-photography

NGC7380 The wizard nebula


NGC7380 also known as the wizard nebula is a combination of an open cluster and emission nebula. It lies near In Cepheus between the border with cassiopeia and the variable star Delta Cephei. The nebula has a very impresive shape but requires long exposure pohotography to show well. The image was taken under less than favorable conditions. Constantly whisps of cirrus clouds were passing over. Of the 48 exposures made , 8 had to be disposed of. All in all I'm impressed that so much was still visible. Cetrainly an object that I may try again at a better occasion.


The image above as taken at my observatory at home in Belgium. (click on the image for a larger version)

Image data

Exposure: 40x300s

Filters: Baader UHC-S

Camera temperature: -30°C

Date: October 30th 2013

Location: Zele, Belgium




Camera: SBIG ST2000XM

Telescope: Skywatcher MN190

Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX



Image aquisition: The Sky X

Preprocessing: Deep sky stacker

Fitsconversion: Fitsliberator

image processing: Adobe Photoshop CS5



Object data



Sharpless 2-142

The wizard nebula


Constellation: Cepheus


Type: Open cluster & Emission nebula



RA: 22h 47m

Dec: +58° 07'


Dimensions: 20' x 20'


Magnitude: 7.2


Distance: 7200 lightyears


Discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1787


© Wouter D'hoye 2016 - Last update February 1st 2015