Imaging telescope or lens: Explore Scientific 152 mm Carbon Fiber
Imaging camera: ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool
Mount: Astro-Physics Mach 1 GTO
Guiding telescope or lens: Orion 80mm Short Tube
Guiding camera: Starlight Xpress Lodestar x2
Integration: 14.8 hours
Avg. Moon age: 11.61 days
Avg. Moon phase: 83.96%
Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 6.33
Astrometry.net job: 1874637
RA center: 38.415 degrees
DEC center: 61.461 degrees
Pixel scale: 0.649 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 3.430 degrees
Field radius: 0.494 degrees
Locations: Backyard Red Zone Observatory, Taylor, MI, Michigan, United States
Melotte-15 is the star cluster at the heart of the Heart Nebula. It is an OB association of very young hot blue supergiant stars that is only 1.5 million years old. Fierce stellar winds from this cluster have blown the enormous bubble within the parent HII nebula that is the heart nebula. The winds have also sculpted the dust clouds within which other stars are forming into interesting columns and shapes, analogous to the Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula.
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