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Wizard Nebula with 80mm telescope and Canon Xsi


NGC 7380 – The Wizard Nebula in Cepheus


Photographed over multiple nights: August 17, August 25

Total Exposure Time: 7 Hours, 15 Minutes (87 x 5 Minute Subs @ ISO 1600)
Mount: Skywatcher HEQ-5 Pro Synscan
Camera: Modified Canon Xsi
Telescope: Explore Scientific ED80 Triplet Apo

Guided with PHD Guiding
Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
Processed in Adobe Photoshop CC


I photographed this gorgeous open cluster  in late summer of 2014.  Because I lived in an apartment in 2014, all of the imaging was done in a friends backyard across town!  This is not an easy nebula to photograph, as it took me a whopping 7 hours of total exposure time to bring out the details seen above.  However, it does stand out well enough in a single 2-3 minute exposure, which really helps you frame it properly when getting started.  NGC 7380 was discovered in 1787 by Caroline Herschel. It is an open cluster located in the constellation of Cepheus. The large nebula is extremely difficult to observe visually, but shows up well when imaged with an astro-modified DSLR.

NGC 7380: The Wizard Nebula – Location in Cepheus Constellation

NGC 7380 Star Chart - Find the Wizard Nebula in Cepheus