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)
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
image processing: Adobe Photoshop CS5
The wizard nebula
Type: Open cluster & Emission nebula
RA: 22h 47m
Dec: +58° 07'
Dimensions: 20' x 20'
Distance: 7200 lightyears
Discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1787
© Wouter D'hoye 2016 - Last update February 1st 2015