M67 Open Cluster in Cancer

Uploaded 4/13/10

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 This cluster is dimmer than the last few offerings, and in fact my best previous effort yielded little more than a tiny pile of pure white stars on a black background. Now for the first time I can really appreciate this cluster for its multi-hued beauty, and piles of hundreds of dim stars sprinkled with hot blue super giant outliers. South is up here in this 1.5 degree wide field.

Object Details:

Also known as NGC2682, this cluster is a moderate 7th magnitude, and half a degree wide. 200 cluster members have been identified. A half dozen faint galaxies also occupy this field. Most are near 16 - 17th magnitude and are small and yellowish in coloration. 

Optics: 8" f/4 Newtonian Astrograph w/Baader MPCC Coma Corrector Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO800 Exposure: 12 x 5m Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 2/10, Transparency 9/10 Outside Temperature: 45F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Images Plus 3.82 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS