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Messier 37 Open Star Cluster

Messier 37 also known NGC 2099 is the richest open cluster in the constellation Auriga. It is the brightest of three open clusters in Auriga and was discovered by the Italian astronomer Giovanni Battista Hodierna before 1654. M37 is located in the antipodal direction, opposite from the Galactic Center as seen from Earth. Estimates of its age range from 347 million to 550 million years. At its estimated distance of around 4,500 light-years from Earth.

Location / Exposure Date

Mauna Keratea Obs February 2013

Telescope

TS 130/780 Triplet APO f6

mount

Celestron CGE Pro Mount

Camera

QHY9 CCD

Guiding

60/230mm Lunatico's Guidescope , QHY5L II, PHD Guide

Filters / Exposures

L 20x180 sec bin 1x, RGB  12x180 bin 1x

Total Exposure time

3 ~ Hours

Software

Nebulosity 3, Maxim DL, Pixinshight, Photoshop CS6.

 

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