At a distance of only 7.200 light years, NGC7380 (The Wizard Nebula) surrounds a newly forming star cluster with gas and dust. The active star forming region is about 100 light years across.

The nebula can be found in the constellation Cepheus and was discovered in 1787.
It is also known as Sh2-142.

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Image data

Object info
Name NGC7380 – The Wizard Nebula
Type Emission nebula
Constellation Cepheus
Right ascension 22h 47m 00s
Declination +58° 06′ 00″
Distance 7.200 ly
Other designations Sh2-241
Image info
Image date Sep. 17, 2012
Light frames 6x 5 min. RGB (each) unbinned, 14x 6 min. UHC-S unbinned (Luminance)
Total integration 2h 54m
Dark frames 18x
Flat frames 15x p. filter unbinned, created with an A3 size Posterpoweruk flatfield panel
Bias frames 15x
Software used CCDOps, CCDSoft, Maxim DL, Photoshop CS4
Processing CCDOPS was used for focussing. Image Acquisition was done using CCDSoft.
All separate frames were calibrated, aligned and stacked in MaxIm DL5 Pro.
Photoshop CS4 was used for further processing – curves adjustment, levels adjustment, etc.
Noel Carboni’s toolset was used as well (Local Contrast Enhancement, Deep Space Noise Reduction)
(L)RGB combine was done in Photoshop.
Equipment info
Telescope TMB/LOMO 80/480
Corrector Televue 2″ RPF 2804 flattener (FL: 528mm f/6.6)
Mount Losmandy G-11 Gemini
Camera SBIG ST-8300M
Guide camera Atik 1HS Mono
Guide scope Vixen VMC110L
Autoguide software PHD Guiding
Filters Baader 2″ RGB + UHC-S + IDAS LPS-P2
Location Landgraaf, The Netherlands
Image comments

All RGB exposures were taken through IDAS LPS-2 filter which was in front of the filter wheel.

Really need to add Ha to the image someday.