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Photographer:

Howard H Bower

Email:

hbower7@cox.net

Location of Photo:

McCordsville, IN

Date/Time of photo:

August 30/31, 2011 10pm-2am

Equipment:

Imaging Telescope - TEC140ED Imaging Camera - QSI583wsg Autoguider - SX Lodestar Mounting - APMach1 GTO

Description:

This image of the open star cluster NGC7380, also known as the Wizard Nebula spanning an area on the sky of about 5 times the size of the full moon. NGC 7380 is located in the constellation Cepheus about 7,000 light-years from Earth within the Milky Way Galaxy. The star cluster is embedded in a nebula, which spans some 110 light-years. The stars of NGC 7380 have emerged from this star-forming region in the last 5 million years or so, making it a relatively young cluster. The image @f/7 represents the “First Light” of a TEC140ED APO oil spaced triplet refractor. It is four hours of exposure in the narrowband. The image is a modified HST Palette using a process outlined by Bob Franke.

Website:

www.azindarkskies.com

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