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The Wishing Well Cluster ( NGC 3532 ) in Carina (re-processed)


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The Wishing Well Cluster ( NGC 3532 ) in the consetllation Carina

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This large bright open cluster, when seen through a small telescope, looks like a collection of brightly gleaming silver coins shimmering at the bottom of a wishing well and hence the name. First recorded in 1752 by Nicolas Lacaille, NGC 3532 contains around 120 stars superimposed on the expanse of the Milkyway and is visible with the naked eye from lower latitudes.

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Co-ordinates:  ~ RA 11h 6.4m, Dec -58 deg 50.5'
Skywatcher Quattro 10" f4 Newtonian
Skywatcher AZ Eq6 GT Mount
Orion Short Tube 80mm guide scope & auto guider - PHD2
Baader MPCC Mark 3 Coma Corrector
Hutech IDAS D1 Light Pollution Filter
Nikon D5300 (unmodified)
Field of view (deg) ~ 1.35 x 0.90
36 subs ranging from 30 sec 300 sec ISO 200
Pixinsight & Photoshop

10th April 2016

re-processed to increase colour saturation.

 

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Someone said 'crisp' - Yes indeed!  The back story is really interesting too.  To think that the stars have been there for millions of years but it took a recent human to notice the pennies-in-a-well look is mind-boggling.  That and the fact there are so *many* little star dots in the background of this small slice of our sky.

 

Great pic  - it reminds me why I want to look upwards

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