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Another starscape from down under - this time the Pearl Cluster ...

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The Pearl Cluster in constellation Centaurus ( NGC 3766 ) by Mike O'Day ( 500px.com/MikeODay ).

The Pearl Cluster, visible from the Southern Hemisphere, shimmering like a pearl to the naked eye, is an open cluster of mostly young blue stars approximately 5500 light years from Earth.

Links:

https://500px.com/MikeODay

http://photo.net/photos/MikeODay

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NGC 3766
RA 11h 37m, Dec -61deg 41'
Skywatcher Quattro 10" f4 Newtonian
Skywatcher AZ Eq6 GT Mount
Guiding: Orion Shortube 80 guidescope, Starshoot Autoguider, PHD2
Baader MPCC Mark 3 Coma Corrector
Hutech IDAS D1 filter
Nikon D5300 (unmodified)
Field of view (deg) ~ 1.35 x 0.90
Combination of 55 images 30 sec @ ISO400
Pixinsight

 

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And with slightly increased saturation ... I can't decide which one I prefer ...

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Great image, really nice colour! 

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Thanks Sam, much appreciated.

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ps. I love your site - very well laid out and easy to find all your wonderful image and interesting notes. Well done.

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Great shots. Well done! :) 

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Very nice images. I think I prefer the first, but it's always nice to see objects from the Southern sky.

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3 hours ago, Knighty2112 said:

Great shots. Well done! :) 

 

1 hour ago, laudropb said:

Very nice images. I think I prefer the first, but it's always nice to see objects from the Southern sky.

 

15 minutes ago, PeterCPC said:

Nice image - 1st is best.

Peter

 

Thanks guys - the more I look at them the more I agree with you. I think the first one is more natural looking without the blue being too overwhelming. 

cheers

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