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NGC 2251 in Monoceros

 

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Scope: FSQ-106N 106 mm refractor at f/5, Location: Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA   12 January 2013   Camera: Artemis285

Exposure: 12 x 3 min  (1x1 bin) exposure with UV/IR block, 8 x 1.5 min (2x2 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. This image is a straightforward LRGB combine with Luminance layering.     Final Image size is approximately 1600 x 1200.

North is up in this image. NGC 2251 is an open cluster in the constellation of Monoceros. NGC 2251's  age is estimated at about 260 million years. Distance is estimated at about 4,300 light years. Horizontal FOV is 55'

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 06h 34m 42s Dec: +0822'00"

 

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