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NGC457, The Owl Cluster

A while back, when it was a nearly full moon, but still clear, I decided to shoot some clusters. I ended up with over five hours of exposure time on the Owl Cluster. I’m sure it would be just the same if I only had one hour, but it was a work night, and the camera was out there clicking away all night.

NGC457, The Owl Cluster

NGC457, The Owl Cluster

Anyway, the lessons learned:
1) Open clusters are great targets for moonlit nights.
2) They generally look better with diffraction spikes.


3) The Owl Cluster really does look like an owl!

NGC457, The Owl Cluster


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