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Wizard Nebula 21st November.jpg

6th -18th November 2017


Located 7200 light years away, the Wizard nebula, surrounds developing open star cluster NGC 7380. Visually, the interplay of stars, gas, and dust has created a shape that appears to some like a fictional medieval sorcerer. The active star forming region spans 100 about light years, making it appear larger than the angular extent of the Moon. The Wizard Nebula can be located with a small telescope toward the constellation of the King of Aethiopia (Cepheus). Although the nebula may last only a few million years, some of the stars being formed may outlive our Sun.


Telescope: SW ED80 Pro

Guide Scope: SW ST80 with Orion Starshoot

Mount: NEQ6 Pro

Camera: Atik 460ex Mono

Filter Wheel: Atik FW2

Filters: Baader Narrowband

Ha  14 x 900 seconds

Oiii 14 x 900 seconds

Sii   13 x 900 seconds

Total Integration 10 hours 15 minutes

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