Sharpless 302/VDB97/Bochum 5 The "Snow Man Nebula" Splashy Open Cluster with nebulosity in Puppis

Uploaded 4/28/11

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 A dim but intruiging grouping of three objects and some very colorful star pairings. Sharpless 302, located about 15 degrees south of the Rosette nebula is the large red object in the field, with a large dust lane on the left side separating it from Van Den Berg 97. The blue nebula on the nebulas upper left (south) edge around a 10.4 magnitude star was not labeled in Megastar. The central open cluster here is Bochum5 - a 7th magnitude object which is very sparse. At the bottom of the field is a nice colored tripple grouping consisting of two blue and one golden K star.
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: 45F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Images Plus 3.82 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS