Messier 34 (North Up, East Left)
Messier 34, also known as NGC 1039 and the “Spiral Cluster” is an open cluster containing ~60 stars in the constellation of Perseus. It is has a diameter of ~14 light-years, lies at a distance of ~1,400 light-years and is ~190 million years old. The top image comprises 9 x Luminance (15 seconds each) and 7 x Red, Green and Blue (15, 15 and 12 seconds each), 0.5m f/2.9 ASA Astrograph with FLI ML3200 camera at an altitude of 65 degrees on 27 November 2016. The field of view of the image is 32’ x 21’. The middle and bottom images comprises 6 x Luminance (300 seconds each), 0.101m f/5.4 Tele Vue refractor with FLI ML16200 camera at an altitude of 75 degrees on 20 December 2016. The field of view of the middle and bottom images is 132’ x 132’ (2.2 degrees square) and 42’ x 42’ respectively.
Hills Observatory: 1 January 2013 to 26 May 2020