Wizard Nebula NGC 7380

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.

Wizard Nebula NGC 7380 Ha Wizard Nebula Narrowband

Object:

Wizard Nebula (NGC 7380)

Date:

September 6 and 7, 2013

Equipment:

Telescope: Takahashi Sky 90II with F/4.5 reducer/flattener

Camera: SBIG ST-10XME w/ CFW10 (Astrodon Narrowband Filters: Ha, SII, OIII)

Autoguider: Orion Starshoot

Guidescope: Orion 50mm Mini

Mount: Celestron CG-5 Mount

Exposure Info: Ha: 15 x 10 min – 150 mins
SII: 13 x 10 mins – 130 mins
OIII: 12 x 10 mins – 120 minsTotal Exposure Time: 6 hours 40 mins

Processing:

Maxim DL 5.23, Photoshop CS6, Topaz Denoise

Notes:

Colors are mapped to the Hubble Space Telescope Palette:

Ha = Green
SII = Red
OIII = Blue

Processing:

  • A 3 iteration Lucy-Richardson Deconvolution on all 3 channels using CCDSharp
  • I then used Don Goldman’s Hubble Palette mapping tutorial in Photoshop CS6
  • Levels, Hues, Brightness were adjusted on all channels in PS
  • Used Topaz Denoise on the RGB Channel
  • After that, an sharpened Ha Layer was added back on top of the RGB channel as a luminance layer
  • The final image went through another very light Topaz Denoise again

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