Archive for 'Star Clusters'

M45 - The Pleiades

M45 – The Pleiades – Kelling Heath, Sep 2015

Another image taken at Kelling Heath Star Party – M45, the Pleiades in Taurus.  This is the closest star cluster to us, and glows blue with the young stars, embedded in whispy nebulosity.  Captured in 2015, but only now am I happy with the processing.  It consists of 60 mins of 10-min subs (my longest […]

M4s - The Pleiades - 30/09/2014

M45 – The Pleiades (or Seven Sisters), Through the Isle of Wight Haze, 30/09/2014

This is only my second attempt at this lovely object – it seems to have passed me by in an imaging sense up until now, and the hazy prevented me from doing too much this time too. This is about 70-80 minutes of 4 minute subs.  I took more, but had to discard a fair […]

M39 - 30/09/2014

M39 – Open Cluster in Cygnus, Isle of Wight, 30/09/2014

Due to the haziness, the IOW star party became a cluster-gathering exercise.  The shorter subs meant that the haze wasn’t so much of a problem, so I decided to capture some objects I’d never even observed before.  This is M39, an open cluster in Cygnus.  It’s about 30 minutes of 2-minute subs, plus darks, flats […]

Double Cluster in Perseus - 29/09/2014

The Double Cluster in Perseus – Isle of Wight – 29/09/2014

Next image from the IOW Disciples of the Dark Arts star party 2014.  This is the famous double cluster in Perseus.  It’s the most incredible set of objects (in fact it’s NGC869 and NGC884) in everything from binoculars to a large aperture telescope with a wide field eyepiece.  This was taken as about 30 minutes […]

M13 - 29/09/2013

M13 – Isle of Wight – 29/09/2014

This is the first of my images from the Disciples of the Dark Arts star party in the Isle of Wight at the end of September.  This was my first start party, and although the clear spells were not to last, when they were there, it was incredible! This is M13, the great cluster in […]

M37 - Click to Enlarge

M37 – Open Cluster in Auriga – 11/01/2013

A quick single 60s exposure at ISO 1600, of M37, the brightest open cluster in the constellation of Auriga.  M36 and M38 are close by, but not quite as spectacular as this beauty.  This shot is with the 200P f6 Newtonian, on the HEQ5 mount.  It’s unguided.  This is a wonderful visual object.  A fellow […]


M45 – The Pleiades in Taurus – 11/01/2013

The Pleiades (also known as the Seven Sisters) is an open star cluster in the constellation of Taurus, the bull.  It’s the closest star cluster to earth.  This is a single exposure, taken at the end of a night.  It’s a 30s exposure at ISO 800, taken with the SkyWatcher 200P f6 Newtonian, on the […]

M13 - Hercules Cluster - Click to Enlarge

M13 – The Great Cluster in Hercules – 4th May 2013

This is M13, the great cluster in Hercules.  It’s globular cluster with around 300,000 stars in total.  This is a single 5 Minute sub, with no darks, flats etc.  It was taken initially as a way to test my new guiding setup.  It’s a single shot at ISO 800, guided via a 9×50 finderscope, with […]

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