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NGC 7243 in Lacerta

 

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Scope: Megrez II 80 mm refractor  at f/5.6, Location: Laguna Mountains, CA   9 June 2012  Camera: Artemis285

Exposure: 15 x 3.5 min  (1x1 bin) exposure with UV/IR block, 10 x 1.5 min (2x2 bin) RGB exposures.

Processing: Data Collection -  Artemis Capture (as FITs).  Calibrated, stacked (Sigma Combine), LRGB channel registration, equalization, 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 1800 x 1350.

North is up in this image. The catalog references for this cluster is NGC 7243. It is located in the constellation of Lacerta. The cluster is distinguished by the blue stars  in a field if yellow and red stars. The blue stars in the cluster indicate a relatively young age. NGC 7243 is about 2,800 light years distant from Earth. This image replaces an earlier image shown in the archives here.    Horizontal FOV is 65'

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 22h 15m 18.0s Dec: +4953'00"

 

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