Waid Observatory

Object: NGC 7380
Date: Sep. 9-10-11, 2021   -   Location: Davis Mountains west of Fort Davis, TX
Telescope: 10 in. RC  Mount: MI-250   Camera: Apogee F8300M
Exposure: Ha = 18x20 min., OIII = 28x20 min. - RGB for Stars 12x2 min.

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NGC 7380 - Open Cluster in the Wizard Nebula1

NGC 7380 is an open cluster imbedded in a nebula commonly known as the Wizard Nebula.  The nebula is located in the constellation of Cepheus at an approximate distance of 7,200 light years.  The nebula is an active stellar nursery where new stars are being added to the young open cluster.  The nebula spans a diameter of approximately 100 light years and extends over an area about the size of the full Moon.  The nebula is also classified in the Sharpless catalog as Sh2-142

The image above is known as a mapped bi-color image and was acquired using narrowband filters.  It was assembled with Ha mapped to red and OIII mapped to green and blue.  The stars were overlaid with RGB data from a seperate image.

A Hubble Palette version of the image may be viewed here.


Copyright Donald P. Waid