The Constellation Cassiopeia

 

According to Greek mythology, Cassiopeia - the Queen, is wife of the king Cepheus and mother of Andromeda. She was known for being vane and boastful regarding her beauty.

The constellation of Cassiopeia is also quite beautiful as it lies along the outer reaches of the Milky Way. It is very distinctive in the northern sky, identified by its W-shape. Many open star clusters and nebulae lie within its borders (place mouse over image for details).

The famous Double Cluster is visible at the middle left. These open star clusters are actually within the constellation of Perseus (Andromda's rescuer).

Lens: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 50/1.4 @f/4
Camera: Modified Canon 650D; ISO 800
Mount:  Orion Sirius
Exposures: 19 @ 4 min.
Processing: Images were focused using the camera's live view. The exposures were converted using Canon Digital Photo Professional and were aligned and combined in ImagesPlus. The final image was adjusted in Photoshop.
Location: My backyard in southeastern Minnesota; 11/9/15; Temp: 29 deg. F
   
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