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The Details
Object
NGC 7380 and Sharpless 2-142 in Cepheus
Optics
Astro-Physics 160 EDF refractor at f/7.7
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG STL-11000M
Filters
Baader 6nm Hydrogen Alpha filter
Date
15 August 2007 , 16 August 2007
Location
Mount Wilson Observatory, Mount Wilson CA
Exposure
Ha 10 x 1800 sec 1x1 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, Registar, Photoshop CS2
Orientation
Field of View: 56'41" x 41'32"’ centered on RA 22h46m29.9s
DEC 58°02’55”. North angle 0.58 °; east 90° CCW from north
Notes

NGC 7380 is a sparse open star cluster involved in emission nebula Sharpless 2-142. This active star birth region is located approximately 7,200 light years from earth.

I have always found this nebula a difficult to object to image, having tried many times with different telescopes and feeling that the results were mediocre at best. This image, taken with the AstroPhysics 160 EDF refractor, is by far my best effort to date in capturing the faint glow of gas and fine detail of sculpted dark features found in this object.

 

 

 

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