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MikeODay

Ptolomy's Cluster in Scorpio ( Messier 7, NGC 6475 )

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Ptolomy's Cluster in Scorpio - by Mike O'Day ( https://500px.com/MikeODay )

Ptolemy's Cluster in Scorpio ( Messier 7, NGC 6475 ).

Visible to the naked eye as a small bright patch in the sky, this open cluster is around 980 light years away with around 80 stars within a area of 25 light years or so.

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RA 17h 54m, Dec -34deg 47'.

Skywatcher Quattro 10" f4 Newtonian.

Skywatcher AZ Eq6 GT Mount

Orion auto guider - PHD2.

Baader MPCC Mark 3 Coma Corrector.

Nikon D300 (unmodified).

Field of view (deg) ~ 1.35 x 0.90.

18 x 30 sec ISO800.

23 May 14

Reprocessed Pixinsight 8 Sep 2015

This was one of my first ever asto image captures taken shortly after I bought my scope. I reprocessed it today using Pixinsight. Here is the original version ...

Ptolomy's Cluster

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This is another older version that tries to separate the cluster from the background blanket of stars with the new one below for comparison.

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