SH2-142 (also known as Wizard Nebula) is an emission nebula in constellation Cepheus with an apparent diameter of about 50' (arcminutes). The nebula is ionized by the young star cluster NGC 7380, in particular by DH Cephei, a binary system consisting in two O-type stars.
DH Cephei lies at a distance of about 9600 ly from Earth (Gaia DR3 data).
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0.67° × 0.51°
400mm Newton at f=1520mm
North is up (approximately)
0.8 arcsec/pixel (at full resolution)
Total exposure times:
All image processing steps are deterministic, i.e. there was no manual retouching or any other kind of non-reproducible adjustment. The software which was used can be downloaded here.
Image processing steps where:
Bias correction, photon counting
Dark current subtraction, flatfield correction, noise estimation
Alignment and brightness calibration using stars from reference image
Stacking with masking unlikely values and background correction
Extracting stars from the emission line images using information from continuum images
Denoising and deconvolution both components (stars and residual)
Dynamic range compression using non-linear high-pass filter