The NGC 7380 is a typical starforming region in the direction of an outer spiral arm of our galaxy (around 7,000 light years distant). This field contains many young energetic stars that make the natal gas that surround them glow an intense pink/red. The majority of stars for this newly formed group are out of the field to the upper left. Their winds and radiation sculpt clouds of gas and dust into the mountainous ridges seen here. The darkest parts of this image are foreground clouds of dust thick enough to extinct the light beyond them. Also note the bright star (left of center) that is in a bluish bubble of gas. This may be a Wolf-Rayet star beginning to blow a bubble.
Equipment: Exposure details: Location:
Telescope: TEC180FL
Mount: Paramount Me
Camera: Apogee U8300
Filters: Astrodon HaLRGB
Ha: 3x20min
Luminance: 12x5min
Red: 8x5min
Green: 8x5min
Blue: 8x5min
Koilada, Peloponnisos, Greece
N 37o25'43'' - E 23o08'30''
20 June 2009
Image details:
Acquisition: MaxImDL Reduction/stacking: CCDStack RGB weights: G2V Star
RGB combine: CCDStack HaLRGB creation: Photoshop CS3
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