Splashy Open Cluster in Auriga
Optics: 12.5" f/5 Newtonian - Lumicon Coma Corrector
Platform: Astrophysics AP1200
Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO800
Exposure: 3 x 5m
Location: Payson, Arizona
Elevation: 5150 ft.
Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 8/10
Outside Temperature: 35F
Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Images Plus 3.82
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From an astro
imagers point of view, this cluster offers a lot. Scores of brilliant
blue suns are superimposed on a backdrop of dust yellowed background
stars of the Winter Milkyway, with a few bright cluster members
orange K super giants. The cluster is considered moderately rich,
and spas at least 15 arc minutes across this half a degree wide
field. At 6th magnitude, this cluster can be seen naked eye fairly
easily from our dark Arizona sky sites along with its companions
M37 and M38 nearby.
There did not seem
to be any background galaxies in this field, no doubt the amount
of galactic dust has blotted them out.