The Wizard Nebula through my 80mm Telescope
Clear August Nights
More consecutive clear summer nights have allowed me to put in some serious time on the Wizard Nebula! In fact, this is the most amount of exposure time I have put into any object! Over 7 Hours! Truth be told, I would have hopped over to a new subject, but this attractive nebula is in the sweet spot of the sky right now.
View an updated image of the Wizard Nebula using my current astrophotography equipment.
NGC 7380 – Wizard Nebula Details:
Total Exposure Time: 7 Hours, 15 Minutes (87 x 5 Minute Subs)
Telescope Mount: Skywatcher HEQ-5 Pro Synscan
Camera and Telescope: Modified Canon 450D through Explore Scientific ED80
Guided with PHD Guiding
Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
Processed in Adobe Photoshop CC
NGC 7380 (also known as the Wizard Nebula) 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!
Travel Astrophotography Equipment
I have recently moved into an apartment, so I cannot image from home. To get my imaging fix I have to set up my scope in a friend’s backyard across town. I leave it unattended all night long and cross my fingers everything worked out in the morning! It’s a bit nerve-racking thinking about my expensive equipment running all night with no supervision, but I have my procedure down-pat and can count on good results now.
View my updated portable astrophotography setup
I have been using my small refractor a lot lately because it is just so darn easy to transport and setup! Not to mention that there is no need to collimate it like a Newtonian. My Orion 8″ Newtonian Reflector is in desperate need of collimation at the moment (Oval stars!). Until I can use a friends laser collimating tools, I will continue to shoot wide-field shots with the ED80.
Orion has started popping up in the mornings now, a familiar sign that summer is coming to an end. I am excited to shoot one of my favorite winter objects (M78) with the 8″ Orion!