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

Double Cluster in Perseus - 29/09/2014

Double Cluster in Perseus – 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 of subs in 2 minute chunks, with darks, flats and Biads frames.  Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, and finished off in Photoshop CC 2014 and Lightroom.   It was taken with the Starwave 102ED refractor, with the astro-modified Canon EOS 1100D, guided by a finder guider using PHD guiding, on my HEQ5 pro mount.  An astronomic CLS clip filter was used to cut out what small amount of light pollution there was on the IOW.

This was one of my first ‘wow’ objects, and still amazes me every time I see it visually.  You can even pick this pair up with the unaided Mk1 eyeball…

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