My pic of Perseus Double Cluster (NGC 869 and NGC 884)


I shot 188 minutes of this last night. Less forest fire smoke than lately, but still some.

The two clusters in the middle are about 700 stars total. The clusters are relatively young, both 14 million years old. They are 7,500 light years from Earth.

This is an area the size of about an American quarter held at arm’s length.

I can’t help be in awe of this stuff. Every….dot…is…a sun, many with planets.

Tech specs: Total integration (combined exposure) 188 minutes.
Was 188 Lights. 60 second exp each at 800 ISO. 57 Darks. 29 Flats. 30 Dark Flats. Bortle 3 (backyard Oregon farm.) Processed in PixInsight and Photoshop. Image cropped.

RedCat on Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro with Zwo mini guide cam and scope via PhD2. Cam: stock DSLR…Canon 90D. Polar align via SharpCap.

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