Canon XSi, modded, Total RGB 125 min. = 25x5 min, ISO 1600
Baader MPCC, Bresser PN 8" OTA at F4, EQ6 mount, guided w/PHD and EQMOD
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 both field star of many colors, as well as the nebula area, in which 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 on the top right area of the nebula. 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 (just under the "Wizard's pointed hat") that is in a glowing bubble of gas. This may be a Wolf-Rayet star beginning to blow a bubble! Other famous examples of this action include The Bubble Nebula and Thor's Helmet.
This text is an edited version of the text at http://www.noao.edu/outreach/aop/observers/n7380.html