M34 Open Cluster in Perseus

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 This splashy open cluster is visible to the naked eye on a moon less night as a 5.4 magnitude patch of nebulosity, the size of the full moon. Photographically here, the size is up to 35 arc minutes and contains at least 60 cluster members. Also seen in this field are several faint galaxies, the brightest is near the bright star to the lower right of this field, MAC0241+4236 an edge on of 15th magnitude.
Lens: 12.5" f/5 Newtonian w/Lumicon coma corr. Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO1600 Exposure: 5m Filters: Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 7/10 Outside Temperature: 40F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Maxim DSLR HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS