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An older galactic cluster in Perseus


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About this observation
Nick Hewitt
Time of observation
07/11/2015 - 22:37
NGC 1245
Observing location
Northampton, UK
William Optics 81mm GT triplet
EQ5 mount
No filter
15 x 120sec

A rich triangular-shaped open cluster, showing nicely in a wider field image. It has picked up a bizarre nickname "Patrick's Starfish" . I shall not promote that. 

It is one of a handful of relatively older open clusters, being thought to be a billion years old. Its many members have probably held it together during its travels ( perhaps about 4 spins) in the Milky Way.

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