M41 Splashy Open Cluster in Canis Major

Uploaded 3/18/11

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 Located just south of the brilliant star Sirius, this 4.5 magnitude open cluster spans over half a degree, and is full of stunning orange supergiants. The brightest in the center of the cluster is 6.9 magnitude and has a spectral class of K3.
Optics: 8" f/4 Newtonian Astrograph w/Baader MPCC Coma Corrector Platform: Homemade GEM w/Byers Starmaster Drive Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO800 Exposure: 3 x 5m Location: Happy Jack, Arizona Elevation: 6800 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 8/10 First Quarter Moon Outside Temperature: 35F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Images Plus 3.82 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS