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M34 in Perseus

 

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Scope: Megrez II 80 mm  at f/5.9,  Location: Dos Picos Park, Ramona, CA  17 November 2007  Camera: Artemis285

Exposure: 14 x 2 min Luminance with IR Block Filter (bin 1x1); 8 x 1 min RGB (2x2 bin) 

Processing: Images were captured Artemis Capture (as FITs). Aligned/stacked and dark subtracted in Astroart with Sigma Combine. Luminance and Color channels were scaled and rough color balanced in Astroart. Central Gradient removal was performed in Astroart. Channels were co-registered in Astroart. The 2 min IR block exposures were used as the main luminance construction with level adjustments and curves to bring out dim stars. Final LRGB combine was done in Photoshop.   Final touches were done in Photoshop.  Final Image size is approximately 1392x1040.

North is up in this image. M34 is an open cluster of intermediate age - estimates ranging from 100 - 200 million years old. It is located in the constellation of Perseus and it is about 1,400 light years distant from Earth. This image replaces an earlier image that can be seen in the Archives here. Horizontal FOV is 65'.

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 02h 42m 22s Dec: +4245'36"

 

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