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NGC2360 in Canis Major

 

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Scope: Megrez 80 mm APO  at f/5.8, Location: Laguna Mountains, CA   25 February 2012  Camera: Artemis285

Exposure: 12 x 3 min  (1x1 bin) exposure with UV/IR block, 8 x 1 min (2x2 bin) RGB exposures.

Processing: Images were captured  with Artemis Capture (as FITs).  Aligned/stacked and dark subtracted in Astroart with Sigma Combine.   IR / UV Blocking  filter  and Color channels were scaled and  color balanced in Astroart.  Channels were co-registered in Astroart.  Central gradient was removed in Astroart.  Luminance channel consisted of the IR/UV blocking filter exposures.  Curves and Levels applied in Photoshop to the Luminance channel to optimize star depth.   Final LRGB combine was done in Photoshop.    Final Image size is approximately 1600 x 1200.

North is up in this image. This cluster, NGC 2360 is a diminutive open cluster. It is located in the constellation of Canis Major. It is considered the first original discovery of a deep sky object made by Carolyn Hirschel. The bright star near the right  is a magnitude 5.46 star - SAO152641 .  The estimated distance from Earth of NGC 2360 is 6,150  light years.  This image replaces an earlier image in the Archives here. Horizontal FOV is 67'

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 07h 17m 48s Dec: -1537'00"

 

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