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A few more clusters to add to my collection

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Hi All

Clear nights may of been few and far between lately but last night certainly made up for it. Hows the saying go? `Good things come to those who wait`

Started off last night by adding to my collection of clusters.....Well 2 to begin with, my 3rd cluster of the night was my very last target before dawn broke.

A very popular one at the moment in the forum M13, 16 x 25 sec exp @ ISO 800

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M53 - 15 x 25 sec subs @ ISO 800

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The final one of the clusters is M29.....An open cluster found in Cygnus, quite difficult to recognise and i wasnt 100% positive i had even captured it until i uploaded the data i had.......As dawn was fast approaching when i took this i only managed 5 subs x 25 secs....

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Enjoy

Mark

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Well I did! A very nice collection Mark, glad you had a nice night.

Marius

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Lovely wide M13 in particular - having been working at a dog show all weekend I was too tired to image last night but my skies weren't that good anyway - glad you got out and bagged this lot!

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yah M13 looks ace, very crisp. like the open cluster M29 too though, as i have trouble seeing them ewhen observing. you know spotting them against background stars. took me forever to find the 3 in auriga

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Maybe the reason not many small OC`s like this one are imaged....because they are too difficult to make out.......I think there has only been 2 posts previous to mine of M29

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I really like the M13.

That was my target last night and I managed to get 40 x 1 minute subs, but it looks nowhere near as nice as yours.

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Thanks Arran.....

Try working with shorter subs when it comes to imaging GC`s and not as many subs.....I only take between 2 and 5 minutes worth of data....Most of the time 14 to 16, 25 sec subs.....taken at ISO800......I have tried longer subs and the images start to look burnt out.....

Mark

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Yeah I think my processing is not helping either, as even though I did longer subs, I have less star detail around the core.

I really must get my Canon modded too, the colouring is a lot better :D

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Its all trial and error Arran, what works for me may not work for somebody else....Its about learning what your setup is capable of and how far you can push things to get the best results.....

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Very nice focus on the 1st 2 images :thumbsup:

Better than I normally achieve! :D

What's your secret to success Mark?

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Lovely images there although i must admit i wouldn't have picked out M29 without the little sticker on it...........I've never tried to find it with my own scope, probably a good job............... :D

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The funny thing is Dave, it wasnt supposed to be M29, It was supposed to be M92......It was getting very late and i was very tired and just mistyped it when i entered it into the keypad.......

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Very nice images. I like the M13 especially - very well focused!

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Mark

nice set of images. :grin:

Visually M29 is a tricky customer as it does blend in with background.

Cheers

Ian

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Nice pics, M29 was one of the first things I saw visually though my refractor last year and it lookd superb :grin: .

Maybe the reason not many small OC`s like this one are imaged....because they are too difficult to make out.......I think there has only been 2 posts previous to mine of M29

I think if we're being honest, it's that Open Clusters aren't that popular to image because they aren't that spectacular with the exception of the double cluster. Funny thing is that that they're actually not that difficult to do and if you can get the different colours of the stars, they do look rather impressive :lol: . I did a few afocally late last year/early this year and I was quite chuffed with how they came out.

Tony..

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Well, you sure got some good work done there Mark. A very profitable evening for you.

I do like clusters, both open and globs., so a good mix. Well done sir.

Ron.

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Thanks guys

Yes i have to agree with you there Ian and Tony, a hard one to spot really, the subs nearly ended up being binned because of this.......And they arent as spectacular as GC`s with the exception of Plaiedes, the beehive and the double cluster....But it makes a change from just trying to image the usual suspects......Always nice to image something different.....

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I'm a great fan of globs and I like both your M13 and your M53 very much. I notice that nearly all the posts above praise your M13 (rightly) but hardly a mention of your M53 which is an equally good effort of a considerably fainter target! I love picking out fainter globs (there are a lot in Ophiuchus) and seeing what I can make of them.

And, you know, there are a hell of a lot of stars buried in that glob that are right there in your image but not being shown to best advantage! I'm fairly brutal in my processing of globs and, if you'll forgive me taking a bit of a liberty, I stretched your M53 a bit, with this result: see what you think. Not everyone will agree with my treatment!

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No Pete i dont mind at all you stretching M53.....Great job you have done with it as well, thanks :grin: ......

Im still trying to learn how to process my data to get the best out of the data.....Lot to learn yet but i`ll get there.....

Cheers again

Mark

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