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Messier 34

Continuing my photographic tour of clusters through the autumn / winter sky, here is Messier 34, an open cluster about 1500 light years from Earth in the constellation of Perseus. It seems a fairly regular open cluster with its concentration of some twenty to thirty main stars, looking pretty in their shades of blue and orange. However, it is hard not to notice lots of small faint fuzzies throughout the field of view. These are almost certainly members of the Perseus Cluster - a massive galaxy cluster that stretches over 14º of the sky. M34 is only about 7º from the Perseus Cluster, so all these galaxies must be the outer reaches of the Perseus Cluster. Nice! Especially when my previous target to M34 was.... the Perseus Cluster - well a portion at the centre of the Perseus Cluster anyway!

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Messier 34
M34, NGC 1039
Open Cluster
Perseus
1,500 light years
5.5
36 arcminutes
16 light years
1654, Giovanni Batista Hodierna
November
02h 42m 05s
+42º 47’ 22”
Skywatcher Esprit100 ED
8 nights in November & December 2018
LRGB = 36 x 300s each
12 hours

 

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