M36 Splashy Open Cluster in Auriga

Uploaded 4/10/11

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 From an astro imagers point of view, this cluster offers a lot. Scores of brilliant blue suns are superimposed on a backdrop of dust yellowed background stars of the Winter Milkyway, with a few bright cluster members orange K super giants. The cluster is considered moderately rich, and spas at least 15 arc minutes across this half a degree wide field. At 6th magnitude, this cluster can be seen naked eye fairly easily from our dark Arizona sky sites along with its companions M37 and M38 nearby.

There did not seem to be any background galaxies in this field, no doubt the amount of galactic dust has blotted them out.

Optics: 12.5" f/5 Newtonian - Lumicon Coma Corrector Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO800 Exposure: 3 x 5m Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 35F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Images Plus 3.82 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS