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NGC 2281 - Broken Heart Cluster

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About this observation
Observer
John Hughes
Time of observation
23/03/2019 - 21:45
Object
NGC 2281in Auriga
Observing location
North Essex, UK
Equipment
William Optics Z61
ZWO ASI294MC Pro Cooled Camera
Celestron AVX Mount
Orion Mini 50mm Guide Scope
ZWO ASI120MM-S Guide Camera
Exposure
Unity Gain 120
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As open clusters go NGC 2281 doesn't have much to shout about when comparing it to the Beehive Cluster or Pleaides and appears not to be a common target for Astrophotographers. However, what it does have is a name which accurately depicts what you see.

It's a bit of a magic eye moment, but stare at the bright star in the centre of the frame. This is the 'point' of the heart which sits above it.

20 light frames of 100 s each.

15 dark frames,

25 flat and bias frames.

Thank you for dropping by.

John

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