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An older galactic cluster in Perseus

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