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NGC 1647 in Taurus

 

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Scope: WO ZenithStar 66 mm refractor at f/4.6, Location: Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA   11 September 2012  Camera: Artemis285

Exposure: 12 x 3 min  (1x1 bin) exposure with UV/IR block, 8 x 3 min (1x1 bin) RGB exposures.

Processing: Data Collection -  Artemis Capture (as FITs).  Calibrated, stacked (Sigma Combine), Central Gradient removal, LRGB channel registration, equalization - Astroart.  Curves, Levels, LRGB combine and finishing  - Photoshop. Special off image flare removal done in Photoshop. This image is a straightforward LRGB combine with Luminance layering.     Final Image size is approximately 1600 x 1195.

North is up in this image. NGC 1647 is an open cluster in the constellation of Taurus. This cluster is about 1,800 light years distant from Earth. The bright star Aldebaran is  about 3.5 degrees toward the lower right. At the date this image was made, Jupiter was shining very brightly about 2.7 degrees toward the upper left leaving a bright flare in the image. The flair was removed in the above image, the original image with the flare is here. Horizontal FOV is 101'

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 04h 46m 00s Dec: +1904'00" 

 

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