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NGC 2204 in Canis Major

 

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Scope: Explore Scientific MN152  Maksutov Newtonian at f/4.8, Location: Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA   29 December 2013  Camera: Atik 383L

Exposure: Exposure: 12 x 4 min  (1x1 bin) exposure with UV/IR block, 8 x 2 min (2x2 bin) RGB exposures.

Processing: Data Collection -  Artemis Capture (as FITs).  Calibrated, stacked (Sigma Combine), LRGB channel registration, equalization - Astroart.  Central Gradient Removal - Astroart. Curves, Levels, LRGB combine and finishing  - Photoshop. This image is a straightforward LRGB combine with Luminance layering.     Final Image size is approximately 2000 x 1500.

North is up in this image. NCG 2204 is an open cluster located in the constellation of Canis Major. It's distance from Earth is approximately 8,600 light years.   This image replaces and earlier image in the Archives here. Horizontal FOV is 88'

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 06h 15m 42s Dec: -1839'00"

 

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