M36 in Auriga

Photographs by Andy Strappazzon

 

 


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Messier Number:
M36


NGC Number:
NGC 1960


Common Name:
--


Constellation:
Auriga


Distance from Earth:
4100 light years


Visual Magnitude:
6.3


Size:
12'


Rate:

Description:
Open Cluster M36 (also known as Messier Object 36, Messier 36, M36, or NGC 1960) is an open cluster in the Auriga constellation. It was discovered by Giovanni Batista Hodierna before 1654. M36 is at a distance of about 4,100 light years away from Earth and is about 14 light years across. There are at least sixty members in the cluster. The cluster is very similar to the Pleiades cluster (M45), and if it were the same distance from Earth it would be of similar magnitude. (Wikipedia)

 

Date Taken:
29 January 2011


Location:
Belgium - Biesmerée - 300m

Weather:
Temp = -3°C
SQM = 20.4
Quite Windy and High humidity


Equipment:
Skywatcher NEq6 Pro
Skywatcher ED80
Autoguided with:
Antares / Orion Sharshoot Autoguider / PhdGuiding
Images aquired with:

Canon 1000D unfiltred (No Filter)


Exposure Specs:
Lights: 8 x 300 sec @ 800ISO / -1C
Darks: 15 x 300 sec / -1C
Flats: 15 x 1/5 sec / +1C
DarkFlats: 15 x 1/5 sec /+1C
Offsets: 30

Total Exposure: 40min


Processed with:
Deepskystacker
Adobe Photoshop CS 3

 

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