AN OPEN CLUSTER IN THE DUST CLOUDS OF PERSEUS

Photographer
Steve Pastor
Email
astro3d@pvtnetworks.net
Location of photo
Mayhill, NM
Date/Time of photo
5 Dec 2016
Equipment
Takahashi FSQ 106ED with focal reducer f/3.6 and a Canon 60Da (ISO 800) on an Astro-Physics 1200 Mount
Description
The open cluster NGC 1342 is found in the constellation Perseus. The cluster is estimated to be 400 million years old and about 1,700 light years away. As seen in the image, dust clouds are prevalent in the area. To the upper left in the image is the blue reflection nebula VdB 18. The image is a total of 1 hour 45 min exposure.
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