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Abell 426 and NGC 1275 in Perseus



Scope: Megrez 80 mm refractor at f/5.6, Location: Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA   23 August 2012  Camera: Artemis285

Exposure: 12 x 5 min  (1x1 bin) exposure with UV/IR block, 8 x 2.5 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 1494.

North is up in this image. Abell 426 is a massive galaxy cluster at a distance of about 250 million light years seen in the constellation of Perseus. Abell 426 is also known as the Perseus Cluster. There are 500 plus members in this cluster - at least one paper has  catalogued 660 members.  The largest member is NGC 1275 just to the left of center in this image.   Horizontal FOV is 68'

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 03h 19m 21.3s Dec: +4129'32"


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