M52 : "The Unconditional Love Star"

Photographs by Andy Strappazzon

 

 


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Messier Number:
M52


NGC Number:
NGC 7654


Common Name:
"The Unconditional Love Star"


Constellation:
Cassiopeia


Distance from Earth:
5000 light years


Visual Magnitude:
5.0


Size:
13'


Rate:

Description:
Messier 52 (also known as M 52 or NGC 7654) is an open cluster in the Cassiopeia constellation. It was discovered by Charles Messier in 1774. M52 can be seen from Earth with binoculars. In the Intergalactic Star Database number ISD 0072454 the star was renamed "The Unconditional Love Star". (Wikipedia)

 

Date Taken:
12 October 2010


Location:
Belgium - Biesmerée

Weather:
Temp = +5°C
SQM = 20.5


Equipment:
Skywatcher NEq6 Pro
Skywatcher ED80
Celestron Focal Reducer f6.3
Autoguided with:
Antares / Orion Sharshoot Autoguider / PhdGuiding
Images aquired with:

Canon 350D unfiltred + Lps Idas


Exposure Specs:
Lights: 11 x 180 sec @ 800ISO
Darks: 7 x 180 sec
Flats: 10 x 1/6 sec
Offsets: 20

Total Exposure: 33min


Processed with:
Deepskystacker
Adobe Photoshop CS 2

 

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