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M46 Open Cluster (incl PN NGC2438) - 7 March 2018

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Observer
Geof Lewis
Time of observation
07/03/2018 - 14:35
Object
Messier 46
Observing location
Norfolk, UK
Equipment
4" TSAPO100Q
QSI583wsg-5
Astronimic Type2 LRGB filters
AP1200GTO CP3
Exposure
L 6x600 Sec; RGB 3x600 Sec each - All Bin 1x1
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A quick grab of limited data for this low altidude open cluster as seen from the UK. The foreground PN NGC2438 came out pretty well.

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Andy Wilson's picture

That is a nice image of this open cluster, the planetary nebula really stands out.

geoflewis's picture

Thanks Andy,

Prior to imaging the cluster I didn't even know about the PN, so when the images started downloading I thought that I had a horrid and persistent dust/dew doughnut, then I though hey, hang on a minute and a quick check on line put me right. It was a lovely bonus... :-)

Cheers, Geof

Andy Wilson's picture

Hi Geof,

Finding the unexpected is one of the joys of the hobby. I remember years ago imaging the Ring Nebula, only spot spot a distant spiral galaxy once I'd processed the images. Making these little discoveries oneself, even though they are usually known objects, adds a bit of a thrill.

Cheers,

Andy

geoflewis's picture

Thanks Andy,

So very true and I recall the same experience with that galaxy in my first M57 image a few years ago :-).

Cheers, Geof

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