Astrophotography Open Cluster

Astrophoto: Messier 34 – 01/24

On the second consecutive clear night, the star cluster M34 was my companion until my main object of the week rose high enough above the horizon.

To make use of the waiting time for my main object of the week, I enjoy capturing one of the countless open star clusters. Exposure times of less than an hour are quite acceptable, in my opinion. Star clusters somehow always work, even the smaller ones at 1800mm.

Full resolution on Flickr:

Messier 34

Technical overview

TelescopeVixen VISAC VC200L
Focal Length1800mm
Erecting Lense
CameraCANON EOS R(a)
Guiding EquipmentPegasus Astro Indigo OAG
Guiding CameraQHY 5-III-462C
MountSkywatcher HEQ5 Pro, Belt and Hypertuned
Photography Date01/10//2024
Exposure-Time Lights14x180s
Correction framesFLATS, BIASES
SensitivityISO 1600
Processing Date01/11/2024
Software StackINDI, PixInsight, Affinity Photo
Capture PlaceKoblenz, Germany

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