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NGC7380 / Wizard Nebula

Classification: Open Cluster / NGC7380 - Diffuse Nebula / Sh2-142
Constellation: Cepheus (CEP)
Object Location: Ra 22h 48m Dec +58° 12’44°
Size & Distance: 20 x 20 Apx 7200 light-years

Date & Location: 6-28-2014 Palomar Mountain, CA
Exposure: Hubble Pallet SHO, Sll=R, Ha=G, Olll=B, 7ea. @ 15min (bin 1x1)
Optics: Telescope Engineering Company APO180FL @ f/5.23 using an Astro-Physics TCC160 F/L 941mm
Mount: Astro-Physics 1200 GTO / ATS 10x36 Pier
Camera: FLI-ML6303E @-20c / CFW2-7 / FLI-Atlas focuser / Guided by SBIG ST-I / w OAG.
Filters: Astrodon 3nm Ha, Sll, Olll
Software: MaxImDL 6.03, Photoshop CS5

Notes: Sky conditions: Average seeing, calm winds, Temp 65-67°
Cropped Image Field of view is 57.7 x 83.8 arcmin.
This image was an Astronomy Magazine Picture Of The Day, July, 2014

NGC 7380 (also known as the Wizard Nebula) is an open cluster discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1787. It is also known as 142 in the 1959 Sharpless catalog (Sh2-142). This reasonably large nebula is located in Cepheus. It is extremely difficult to observe visually.