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NGC 2281 in Auriga

 

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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: 10 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.  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. In this image NGC 2281 is a sparse open cluster located in the constellation of Auriga. Brightest members are concentrated in the center of this image.  NGC 2281 is about 1,800 light years distant from Earth. This image replaces and earlier image in the Archives here.  Horizontal FOV is 88'

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 06h 49m 18s Dec: +4104'00"

 

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