Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Carina (Car)  ·  Contains:  IC 2602  ·  The star θCar  ·  tet Car  ·  tet Car Cluster
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Southern Pleiades - IC2602 * AAPOD 1 July 2020 *, 


            Rodney Watters

Southern Pleiades - IC2602 * AAPOD 1 July 2020 *

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Tak TSA120

Imaging cameras: QSI 683 ws-8

Mounts: EQ8

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Tak TSA120

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar x2

Focal reducers: Takahashi TOA Reducer .75x

Software: Pixinsight 1.8  ·  Sequence Generator Pro

Filters: Astronomik Red  ·  Astronomik Blue  ·  Astronomik Green  ·  Astronomik Luminance

Dates:May 11, 2020May 12, 2020

Astronomik Blue: 118x30" -20C bin 1x1
Astronomik Green: 125x30" -20C bin 1x1
Astronomik Luminance: 116x30" -20C bin 1x1
Astronomik Red: 112x30" -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 3.9 hours

Darks: ~50

Flats: ~50

Bias: ~100

Avg. Moon age: 19.67 days

Avg. Moon phase: 75.02%

Astrometry.net job: 3612260

RA center: 10h 44' 12"

DEC center: -64° 34' 10"

Pixel scale: 1.647 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 92.936 degrees

Field radius: 0.905 degrees

Resolution: 3176x2356

Locations: Glanmire Home Observatory, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Data source: Backyard


We are very fortunate in the Southern Hemisphere to have access to a beautiful array of objects to image. Many of them, such as the Southern Pleiades, are well placed to image and easily accessible for most of the night. IC2602 is circumpolar at our latitudes (33.5d south) which provides for plenty of opportunities to grab some data.

This frame has been composed with IC2602 off to one side so that I could include the open cluster Melotte 101 on the left hand side of the image. These two open clusters make for a fine comparison between the very bold, hot blue/white stars of IC2602 and the more composed and discreet gathering of stars in Mellote 101. Prior to composing this image I wasn't aware of the Melotte catalogue of open clusters so I have learnt something in the process. Just goes to prove that you can learn something new every day.

Image was awarded AAPOD on 1 July 2020.


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Southern Pleiades - IC2602 * AAPOD 1 July 2020 *, 


            Rodney Watters