NGC 7380

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Description: NGC 7380 is the name of the loose cluster seen toward the upper left in this image. It was discovered by Karoline Herschel in 1787. The surrounding ionized nebula is known as Sh2-142. The cluster star DH Cephei is the source of the ionizing radiation. A Wolf-Rayet star may be responsible for blowing the transparent bubble, visible just below center.
Constellation: Cepheus
Distance: ~7200 light years
Date: 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 september 2006
Equipment: AP155 @ f/7, ST10XME, AP1200
Exposure: 11 hours of 6nm Ha (Astrodon)