M26 - Open Cluster in Scutum

M26 was discovered by Charles Messier in 1764. It is 5,000 light years away and spans approximately 22 light years. It is a fairly sparse cluster, containing approximately 100 stars. None are brighter than a magnitude of 11.9
Telescope: Orion 10 in. f/4.7 Newtonian
Camera: Modified Canon T4i (650D); ISO 800; Raw capture
Mount:  Losmandy G11
Guiding: SSAG on 50mm Lumicon finder scope
Exposures: 10 @ 3minutes
Processing: Images were focused using Live View. They were converted to tiff files in Canon Digital Photo Professional before being aligned and combined in ImagesPlus. The composite was slightly cropped and adjusted in Photoshop. Noise was reduced using Topaz DeNoise.
Note: Taken from my backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota on 8/11/12. Temp: 50F
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