The Wizard (or Harry Potter and the Golden Snitch) Nebula

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Much further from the core, but still considered part of the northern part of the Milky Way, the Wizard nebula. An incredibly difficult object to see without a filter, this was another of my frustrating 2020 objects that just pop now with my new Optolong filter.

Even though it’s commonly known as the Wizard Nebula, NGC 7380 also goes by the pop culture name “Harry Potter and the Golden Snitch” Nebula. Astronomy is strange.

Capture Details

  • Imaging telescopes or lenses: William Optics RedCat 51
  • Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 294MC PRO
  • Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 50mm Guidescope
  • Guiding cameras: Orion Starshoot Autoguider 
  • Filters: Optolong L-eXtreme 2″
  • Accessory: QHY Polemaster

  • Dates: May 30, 2021
  • Frames: 57×360″ (5h 42′)
  • Integration: 5h 42′
  • Avg. Moon age: 19.32 days
  • Avg. Moon phase: 78.34%

Basic astrometry details

  • Astrometry.net job: 4577319
  • RA center: 22h 46′ 37″
  • DEC center: +58° 11′ 6″
  • Pixel scale: 3.847 arcsec/pixel
  • Orientation: 308.462 degrees
  • Field radius: 2.585 degrees

Full capture details on #Astrobin: https://www.astrobin.com/vt6hwu/

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