M36 M37 and M38 Region in Auriga
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Scope: Canon EF18-55 DSLR Lens at 55mm; Location: Dos Picos Park, Ramona, CA; 17 January, 2009; Camera: Canon XT 350D (Baader ACF modified)
Exposure: 10 x 8 min (no filters) ISO 800, 8 Darks each, no Flats
Processing: Images were captured with DSLR Focus and saved as RAW file format. Images were decoded and dark corrected in IRIS. Images were aligned and stacked in IRIS with Sigma Median. Dark point equalization and rough color balance were done in IRIS. Gamma adjustments also done in Iris. The exposure stack was saved as Tiff. Final stretching and touch up was done in PhotoShop. A light background noise reduction was applied using PixInsight LE (SGBNR) Final Image size is approximately 2400 X1599.
North is down in this image. This image is unguided. This is an image of the M36 M37, and M38 region in the constellation of Auriga. M38, M36, and M37 are open star clusters that are in the central part of this image (from left to right diagonally up). The higher density of stars along this same line in the overall image is the Orion Arm of the Milky Way. The red nebulosity to the left of the clusters is IC 405 (the Flaming Star Nebula) and IC 410. Horizontal FOV is about 23 degrees.
Object Center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 05h 22m 36s Dec: +33°31'00"
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