M34- Open Cluster in Perseus

M 34 (NGC 1039) is an open star cluster located in the constellation of Perseus. It is believed to have been discovered by Giovanni Batista Hodierna around 1654; Charles Messier included it in his catalog in 1764. It lies approximately 1,500 light years away and spans 7 light years. It is one of the closest Messier objects and is visible to the naked eye under good seeing conditions.

Telescope: Orion 120ED
Camera: Canon XS (Hutech modified); ISO 800; Raw capture
Mount:  Losmandy G11
Guiding: SSAG on 300mm Komura lens
Exposures: 12@ 5 minutes
Processing: Images were focused using Live View. They were calibrated, aligned and added in ImagesPlus. The composite was adjusted (Levels, Curves) in Photoshop CS2.
Note: Taken from my backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota on 9/13/09; Temp 55F
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