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Messier 35


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About this observation
Paul Anthony Brierley
Time of observation
02/02/2018 - 19:40
Observing location
Whirlpool Observatory SK11
Canon 1000D
Tamron Zoom lens (160mm)
Unguided on Losmandy G11
Total time 1hr24min in 3 min expousers

Good afternoon Ladies & Gentleman.

Unlike the weather at the moment. We had an unexpected clear sky. It didn't last all night. But it was just long enough for me to take some digital images.

I imaged Messier 35 using my DSLR and Tamron AF70-300 F4-5. Di lens.

These images were all un-guided and are all, 180 seconds through a CLS filter.

Messier 35 is an open cluster in the constellation Gemini. It was discovered by Philippe Loys de Chéseaux in 1745 and independently discovered by John Bevis before 1750. The cluster is scattered over an area of the sky almost the size of the full moon and is located 850 parsecs (2,800 light-years) from Earth.

It has the designation NGC 2168 in the New General Catalogue.Messier 35 is the only Messier object in Gemini. The best time of year to observe it from northern latitudes is in the winter months when the constellation is high overhead. M35 lies near the border with Taurus, Auriga and Orion.It is easy to find as it is located about 3.5 degrees northwest of the star Mu Geminorum, in the middle of a region that contains some of the brightest stars in the sky: Aldebaran, Capella, Betelgeuse, Castor and Pollux.The cluster’s brightest stars can be resolved in 10×50 binoculars. Small telescopes will reveal some of the fainter stars, while 6-inch and 8-inch telescopes at low magnifications show a field full of stars across the cluster.

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