Thursday, February 9, 2017

The 37 Cluster

To all the people who are 37 years old, this one is for you.  NGC 2169 also known as the 37 Cluster is an open cluster in the Orion constellation.  The cluster is at a distance of about 3,600 light years away from Earth.  Since the group of stars resemble an interstellar '37', it has been nicknamed the 37 Cluster.  If we keep searching we may find a giant 42 out there...(source: Wikipedia)

Wide Field

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Crop 2
NGC 2169 - The 37 Cluster
Location: Happy Frog Observatory, Monroe, CT
Date/Time: 2-2-17, 9:45 pm
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i(a), Backyard EOS
Telescope: Orion ED80 80mm f/7.5 Apochromatic Refractor Telescope
Barlow: None
Focal Length: 600mm
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G GoTo Telescope Mount
Filter: Astrodon UV/IR
Autoguiding: QHY-5L-II-M attached to an Agena 50mm Guide Scope with Helical Focuser
Exposure: 32-60s (32 min)
ISO: 1600
Temp: -2.2 C (27 F)
Post Processing: Deep Sky Stacker, Photoshop, Lightroom, Gradient Exterminator, Astronomy Tools

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