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 NGC7380 Open Star Cluster - Wizard Nebula 

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What powers are being wielded in the Wizard Nebula? Gravitation strong enough to form stars, and stellar winds and radiations powerful enough to create and dissolve towers of gas. Located only 8,000 light years away, the Wizard nebula, pictured above, 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. [Text adapted from APOD]

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Optics: GSO RC 10" F8 2000mm - Astrograph Ritchie-Chrétien
Mount: AP Mach1 GTO on Gemini Q-Lock tripod
Camera: QSI-640WSG
Filters: Astrodon I Series Gen II LRGB 1.25"
Guiding Systems: SXV-AO-LF Active Optics - SX Lodestar
Dates/Times: 16/17 August 2012
Location: Forca Canapine - "Colle Le Cese" - Italy
Exposure Details: L:R:G:B => 80:70:50:50 = > (8x10):(7x10):(5x10):(5x10) All Bin1 [num x minutes]
Cooling Details: -25°C
Acquisition: Maxim DL/CCD, Perseus
Processing: CCDStack2+,PS CS5, PixInsight
Mean FWHM: 1.38" / 1.62"
SQM-L: 21.22 / 21.18