Messier 34 Open Cluster in the Constellation Perseus

Messier 34 (M34 or NGC 1039) is a 400 +/- member open cluster found in the constellation Perseus. It lies about 1,500 light-years from Earth and has an apparent magnitude of 5.5.

Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mm ED Triplet APO Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, 13 minutes total integration time with mixed exposure at ISO 3200, Image Date: February 6, 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory in Weatherly, PA.

…Tom

Video of the Trapezium Cluster in the Orion Nebula

While waiting for the clouds to clear, I decided to try a video capture of the Trapezium Cluster inside the Orion Nebula. This is a 500 frame capture using the 10x zoom option in the software package Backyard EOS.

Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mm ED Triplet APO Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, Televue Powermate 2.5x, 500 frames captured at ISO 25600, Image Date: February 12, 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory in Weatherly, PA.

…Tom

Asteroid 110 Lydia Passing Near Elnath (Auriga)

Here is a 3-minute exposure showing the Main Belt asteroid 110 Lydia passing near the star Elnath in the constellation Auriga. Lydia is about 86km wide.

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, Antares Focal Reducer, ISO 3200, 3 x 60 seconds using Backyard EOS with darks and bias frames, guided using an Orion 60mm guide scope with an attached ZWO ASI290MC camera. Image Date: January 17, 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory in Weatherly, PA.

…Tom

NGC 2194 – Open Cluster in Orion’s Arm

Here is another small open cluster found near the raised arm of Orion designated NGC 2194. It is about 12,000+ light-years away and has an apparent magnitude of 8.5.

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, Antares Focal Reducer, ISO 3200, 14 x 60 seconds using Backyard EOS with darks and bias frames, guided using an Orion 60mm guide scope with an attached ZWO ASI290MC camera. Image Date: January 6, 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory in Weatherly, PA.

…Tom

NGC 2169 – The ‘37’ Cluster in Orion

Here is a small open cluster found in the raised arm of Orion designated NGC 2169, also referred to as the ‘37’ Cluster. Can you see the number 37 in this image? It is about 3600 light-years away and has an apparent magnitude of 5.9.

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, Antares Focal Reducer, ISO 3200, 13 x 60 seconds using Backyard EOS with darks and bias frames, guided using an Orion 60mm guide scope with an attached ZWO ASI290MC camera. Image Date: January 6, 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory in Weatherly, PA.

…Tom

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