Open Clusters

Open Clusters (46)

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 14:30

NGC 7243

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NGC 7243 is an 6th magnitude open cluster located in Lacerta. The cluster contains around 40 members in a large and sparse cluster. It's estimated age is around 100 million years.

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  • Constellation Lacerta
  • Right Ascension 22h 15m 08.6s
  • Declination +49° 53′ 51″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2800
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Tuesday, 23 June 2020 12:25

Messier 6 The Butterfly Cluster

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An open cluster located Scorpius. The name derives from Robert Burnham's description that it resembles an outline of a butterfly with open wings. The cluster is estimated to contain up to 300 members, and its age is 50 to 100…

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  • Constellation Scorpius
  • Right Ascension 17h 40.1m
  • Declination −32° 13′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 1,600
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Tuesday, 16 June 2020 14:25

Messier 11 The Wild Duck Cluster

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M11 is an open cluster located in the constellation of Scutum. The name comes from a v shape from the brighter stars that resemble a flock of ducks. One of the densest and most compact open clusters known. It contains…

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  • Constellation Scutum
  • Right Ascension 18h 51m 05.0s
  • Declination −06° 16′ 12″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 6,120
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Friday, 08 May 2020 16:11

NGC 2281

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NGC2281 Open cluster located in Auriga, located some 1,819 light years away with an estimated age of 610 million years. Es127/Zwo1600 scope/camera setup.

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  • Constellation Auriga
  • Right Ascension 06h 48m 17.(0)s
  • Declination +41° 04′ 4"
  • Distance (Lightyears) 1,819
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Tuesday, 05 May 2020 18:04

Messier 24

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Messier 24, one of the Messier objects that isn't a singular deep sky object, it is a dense concentration of stars located in the Sagittarius arm of our Milky Way Galaxy, hence it is often referred to the as the…

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  • Constellation Sagittarius
  • Right Ascension 18h 17m
  • Declination −18° 29′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 10,000
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Monday, 27 April 2020 15:43

Messier 44

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Messier 44, or sometimes called the Beehive, is a open cluster located in the constellation of Cancer. At around 600 light years away, it is one of the closest open clusters to us along with the Pleiades and Hyades. M44…

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  • Constellation Cancer
  • Right Ascension 08h 40.4m
  • Declination 19° 59′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 577
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Thursday, 20 February 2020 16:10

NGC 2395

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NGC 2395 A loose scattered open cluster located in Gemini about 1600 light years away.

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  • Constellation Gemini
  • Right Ascension 07 27 12
  • Declination +13 36 30
  • Distance (Lightyears) 1,600
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Wednesday, 05 February 2020 14:01

NGC 1027

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NGC 1027, an open cluster located in Cassiopeia located 3,100 light years away, between the Heart and the Soul nebulae , but not associated with them (7,500ly distance), as is the bright star near the center (179ly distance).

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  • Constellation Cassiopeia
  • Right Ascension 02h 42m 43s
  • Declination +61° 38′ 00″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 3,100
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 15:11

NGC 436

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NGC 436 is a small open cluster located in Cassiopeia, not far away from the more famous Owl or E.T. Cluster. Discovered by William Herschel in 1787.

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  • Constellation Cassiopeia
  • Right Ascension 01h 15m 58.0s
  • Declination +58° 48′ 42″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 9,800
  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Friday, 20 December 2019 12:48

NGC 381

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NGC 381 is an open cluster located in Cassiopeia, somewhat difficult to make out due the the large number of stars visible in this area of the sky. Its estimated age is around 300 million years.

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  • Constellation Cassiopeia
  • Right Ascension 01h 08m 19.9s
  • Declination +61° 35′ 02″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 3,000
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Friday, 06 December 2019 11:41

NGC 654

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NGC 654 is a open cluster located in Cassiopeia. A relative young cluster with around 80 members. A hite of a dust lane can be seen to the lower right of the cluster, and some of the outer members show…

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  • Constellation Cassiopeia
  • Right Ascension 01h 44m 00s
  • Declination +61° 53′ 06″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 7,800
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Friday, 01 November 2019 21:10

Messier 103

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It is an open cluster located in the constellation of Cassiopeia. It is a small and remote cluster at a distance of about 10,000 light years and contains around 100 members. It has an estimated age of around 25 million…

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  • Constellation Cassiopeia
  • Right Ascension 01h 33.2m
  • Declination +60° 42′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 10,000
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Thursday, 24 October 2019 12:47

NGC 6939

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Open cluster NGC 6939 located in Cepheus. Located some 3,800+ light years away and an older cluster estimated at over 1 billion years of age.

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  • Constellation Cepheus
  • Right Ascension 20h 31m 30s
  • Declination +60° 39′ 42″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 3,800
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 12:43

NGC 7789

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NGC 7789 is an open cluster located in Cassiopeia. Often call Caroline's Rose or the White Rose, it was discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1783. It's estimated age is around 1.6 billion years.

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  • Constellation Cassiopeia
  • Right Ascension 23h 57m 24s
  • Declination +56° 42′ 30″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 7,600
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Friday, 27 September 2019 12:17

NGC 6819

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GC 6819 an open cluster located in Cygnus. Its estimated age is around 2.5 billion years.

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  • Constellation Cygnus
  • Right Ascension 19h 41m 18s
  • Declination +40° 11′ 00″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 7,000
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Saturday, 24 August 2019 12:12

NGC 6940

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NGC6940 is an open cluster located in Vulpecula. Some what difficult to see the cluster against the rich background of stars, the actual cluster contains several hundred members. Estimated age is 700+ million years and at distance of 2,500 light…

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  • Constellation Vulpecula
  • Right Ascension 20h 34m 26s
  • Declination +28° 17′ 00″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2,500
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Friday, 09 August 2019 13:14

NGC 188

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Open cluster located in the constellation of Cepheus. Estimated age of 6+ billion years, most open clusters drift apart after only a few million years. It lies above the plane of the Milky Way, and located further out than our…

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  • Constellation Cepheus
  • Right Ascension 00h 48m 26s
  • Declination +85° 15.3′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 5,400
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Friday, 26 April 2019 15:57

NGC 2423 Open Cluster

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Open Cluster NGC2423 located in Puppis located about 2,500 light years away. At least one exo-planet has been confirmed orbiting a the red giant star NGC2423-3 with a mass of 10 times of Jupiter. 

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  • Constellation Puppis
  • Right Ascension 07h 37m
  • Declination -13°52'
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2497
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera Atik 314l+ Mono ccd
Friday, 05 April 2019 14:55

NGC 2539

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NGC 2539, an open cluster in Puppis. Estimated age of the cluster is 370 million years and contains several hundred possible members. The cluster lies about 4,400 light years away, the brighter star is 19 Puppis a multiple star system…

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  • Constellation Puppis
  • Right Ascension 08h 10m 37s
  • Declination −12° 49′ 06″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 4,400
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera Atik 314l+ Mono ccd
Monday, 01 April 2019 22:44

NGC 2301

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NGC 2301, an open cluster located in Monoceros awash in a sea of stars. Estimated age of 168 million years and 2,840 light years away.

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  • Constellation Monoceros
  • Right Ascension 06h 51m 45s
  • Declination +00° 27′ 36″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2,840
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Saturday, 30 March 2019 10:14

M 67

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Messier 67 is an open cluster located in the constellation of Cancer. It is one of the older closest open clusters at an estimated age of 3.2 to 5 billion years. Most clusters tend to disperse after their formation, but…

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  • Constellation Cancer
  • Right Ascension 08h 51.3m
  • Declination +11° 49′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2,600+
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Saturday, 30 March 2019 10:00

M 44

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Messier 44, or the Bee Hive Cluster, or originally Praesepe (the manger) is near by open cluster at a distance of 577 light years away. The cluster contains some 350 members. Visible to the naked eye, it has been known…

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  • Constellation Cancer
  • Right Ascension 08h 40.4m
  • Declination 19° 59′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 577
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Thursday, 14 February 2019 14:25

NGC 1502

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NGC 1502 is an open cluster located in the constellation of Camelopardalis. It is near one end of a string of unrelated stars that seem to flow towards it that is called Kemble's Cascade. The cluster consists of around 45…

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  • Constellation Camelopardalis
  • Right Ascension 04h 07.50m
  • Declination +62° 19.9
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2,700
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera Atik 314l+ Mono ccd
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 14:19

NGC 869 and NGC 884, The Double Cluster

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Located in the constellation of Perseus are the two open clusters of NGC 869 and NGC 884. Both are at a distance of around 7,500 light years away. Both are a relative young age of 13 million years. The clusters…

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  • Constellation Perseus
  • Right Ascension 2h 20m
  • Declination 57° 08′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 7,500
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:12

M 45, Color camera version

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A clear evening presented a chance to try out a recently acquired one shot color camera. The distinctive and well placed and one of my personal favorite objects, M45 was selected. The camera used was the ZWO ASI071MC Pro. A…

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  • Constellation Taurus
  • Right Ascension 03h 47m 24s
  • Declination +24° 07′ 00"
  • Distance (Lightyears) 444
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