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NGC 1342 in Perseus

 

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Scope: Zenithstar mm APO  at f/4.8, Location: Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA   21 November 2011  Camera: Artemis285

Exposure: 1 x 4 min  (1x1 bin) and 10 x 2 min (2x2 bin) exposures with UV/IR block, 8 x 2 min (1x1 bin) RGB exposures.

Processing: Images were captured  with Artemis Capture (as FITs).  Aligned/stacked and dark subtracted in Astroart with Sigma Combine.   IR / UV Blocking  filter  and Color channels were scaled and  color balanced in Astroart.  Channels were co-registered in Astroart.    Luminance channel consisted of the IR/UV blocking filter exposures.  Curves and Levels applied in Photoshop to the Luminance channel to optimize star depth.   Final LRGB combine was done in Photoshop.    Final Image size is approximately 1800 x 1345.

North is up in this image. This cluster, NGC 1342, is located in the constellation of Perseus.  The estimated distance from Earth is 1,170 light years. This cluster overlaps nebulous objects LBN 718 and LBN 719. Some of this nebulosity is evident in this image. This image replaces an earlier image that can be seen in the archives here.  Horizontal FOV is 100'

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 03h 31m 14s Dec: +3740'11"

 

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