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M 44 : a Beehive cluster bathing in some light polluted sky..., 



    
        

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M 44 : a Beehive cluster bathing in some light polluted sky...
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M 44 : a Beehive cluster bathing in some light polluted sky...

Acquisition details

Dates:
Feb. 16, 2015
Frames:
35×42(24′ 30″)
Integration:
24′ 30″
Avg. Moon age:
26.65 days
Avg. Moon phase:
9.11%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 562776

RA center: 08h40m06s.7

DEC center: +19°4048

Orientation: 153.888 degrees

Field radius: 0.783 degrees

Resolution: 620x541

File size: 235.3 KB

Locations: La Gueule du Loup (Malonne), Namur, Namur, Belgium

Description



VERSION E : on the base of version D, I tried tweaking with PixInsight. That's it for this material.

VERSION D : NEW editing all in Star Tools 1.3, making it an very easy > mag.18 field with the background starting to show some nebulosity. I have to check this out : gaz or artefact ?

VERSION B : a bit more life in this one. I added all I took that night, bringing it to 35 frames, 28 x 4000iso, 7x 6400iso, most @ 30sec' with the rest up to 75 second. 3 frames are O-III filtered.

As I'm starting to post these first results, from only one short evening and one good night of imaging, I really feel humbled in front of the courage, craftsmanship and perspicacity of many fellow astrophotographers here.

One - yet another - rule that I learn from this is : don't try to do too much, or you'll end up with nothing much...

This open cluster lies in a field showing some 9 (maybe 10) galaxies in the background. I will have to find solutions for the light pollution that makes it quite tricky to get a good balance of pure colors.



Next version will come from PixInsight editing... Let's see how it improves the final picture.

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