NGC 7243 in Lacerta



Scope: C8  f/3.3 Location: Del Mar, CA   19 Oct. 2006  Camera: Artemis285

Exposure: 8 x 60 sec  Luminance with IR Block Filter (bin 1x1); 6 x 60 sec RGB (2x2 bin)

Processing: Images were captured Artemis Capture (as FITs). Aligned/stacked in Registax 3 and saved as FITS. 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 60 sec 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. A  light surface blur was applied to the background. Final Image size is approximately 1392x1040.

North is up in this image. The catalog references for this cluster is NGC 7243. It is located in the constellation of Lacerta between Cygnus and Andromeda. 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.   Horizontal FOV is 48'

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 22h 15m 08s Dec: +4953'51"


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