NGC 2345 in Canis Major
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Scope: C8 at f/4.2, Location: Dos Picos Park, Ramona, CA 11 January 2008 Camera: Artemis285
Exposure: 10 x 2 min Luminance with IR Block Filter (bin 1x1); 8 x 1 min RGB (2x2 bin)
Processing: Images were captured Artemis Capture (as FITs). Aligned/stacked and dark subtracted in Astroart with Sigma Combine. Luminance and Color channels were scaled and rough color balanced in Astroart. Central Gradient removal was performed in Astroart. Channels were co-registered in Astroart. The 2 min IR block exposures were used as the main luminance construction with level adjustments and curves to bring out dim stars. Final LRGB combine was done in Photoshop. Final touches were done in Photoshop. Final Image size is approximately 1392x1040.
North is up in this image. NGC 2345 believed to be a young cluster located in the constellation of Canis Major. It is fairly sparse and typically needs a moderate aperture (8 inch) telescope to observe visually. It's small apparent size of 12 arc minutes and visual magnitude of 7.7 makes it a difficult target for smaller instruments. Horizontal FOV is 36'.
Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 07h 08m 19s Dec: -13°11'37"
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