Wizard Nebula

Image information:

Date: 08/29/2011
Equipment: SBIG ST2000XM with CFW10 using 5nm Astrodon Ha filter and Astrodon I series Gen II LRGB filter set through WO ZS105ED telescope on Losmandy GM8 mount. WO ZS105ED working at f5.6 with WO 0.8X reducer/flattener.
Image type: Ha(Ha+R)GB
Exposure time: 8X12min Ha binned 1X1, RG&B 7X8min each binned 1X1

Object information:

Object designations:

NGC7380, Sh2-142, Wizard Nebula
Object type:
Diffuse emission nebula (Sh2-142) with open cluster (NGC7380)
Object size:
60' X 30'
Constellation: Cepheus
Wizard nebula is a typical star forming region. Open cluster NGC738 is embedded into it. Stars of that cluster were formed in the nebula some 5 million years ago. Interesting, ridged shape of the nebula resembles a wizard with a pointed hat. Stellar winds and radiation from young stars in the area are blowing the gas and dust in the nebula. Together with foreground dust clouds obscuring parts of the nebula they are responsible for its remarkable shape. Wizard nebula complex is 7000 ly distant and spans some 110 ly.

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List of related images:

Wizard Nebula, OSC, Altair Hypercam 533C through APM/LZOS 105/650 APO telescope