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MESSIER 7 - OPEN CLUSTER

Scorpius

(ra: 17,53.9 / dec -34:49')

 

 

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Picture of the Set up here

 


 

DATA

TYPE: Open Cluster

VISUAL BRIGHTNESS: 3.3

SIZE (apparent): 80 arcs minutes

DISTANCE: 800 light years

DATE: August 17th 2008

 

OBJECT DESCRIPTION

At last we decided to take the 6" inch Newtonian for a ride. After more than 2 years stored, optics were covered by dust particles. We took the cell out and after a careful water cleaning we realize that the mirror was in excellent shape. Some issues with collimation though appeared, but we believe they will be solved once our expertise in the collimation area will be improved.

The night was not that good and therefore the intention to go for M7. We were surprised with the detail of the beautiful cluster and also some faint fuzzies the setup had captured as Planetary Nebula PK 355-4.2 discovered not that long ago (1949)

 

M7 is also known as the Ptolemy's Cluster after Greek astronomer Claudius Ptolemaeus mention by 130 AD. M7 is one of the brightest cluster of the sky. It can be seen even from urban cities and also a good target for binoculars and small telescopes. From my backyard in good nights and with some effort it can be seen with the naked eye. The cluster contain some 80 stars with a magnitude range from 7 to 12. It is quite close from the centre of our Milky Way therefore the background field full of stars.

 

I was very pleased with the performance of the 6 inch Newtonian, although I should fine tune the optical alignment and collimation. Some stars were severely affected and corrected with processing

 

 

IMAGE INFORMATION

SCOPE: 6 " Newtonian @ f5 (Synta) riding in a VIXEN GPDX SSK2 guided by SX Guide Head Camera and a Synta 70/400 refractor

SKY CONDITIONS: Full Moon

CAMERA: Starlight Xpress SXVF H9

FILTERS: Astronomik Type 2, IDAS LPS for Luminance

EXPOSURES: LRGB (18,12,12,12)  180 seconds subs

IMAGE ACQUISITION: Astro Art and CCD Control Interface 3.72

CALIBRATED: Images Plus. Photoshop CS

 


 

PK 355- 4.2 - PLANETARY NEBULA

Scorpius

(ra: 17,56.36 / dec -34:39' 16")

 

 

 

 


 

6 " NEWTONIAN - VIXEN GPDX

SXVF H9

MARTINEZ - BUENOS AIRES SUBURBS