M38 - Open Cluster in Auriga

M 38 (NGC 1912) is commonly known as the Starfish Cluster. It is an open star cluster in the constellation of Auriga. It was discovered by Giovanni Batista Hodierna before 1654 and independently found by Le Gentil in 1749. It lies appoximately 4,200 light years away and spans 20 light years.

Telescope: Takahashi FS-102 @ f/8
Camera: Canon 10D
Mount:  Takahashi EM200 Temma
Guiding: STV with 105mm Takumar lens
Exposures: 3 @ 5 minutes
Processing: Images were calibrated and added in ImagesPlus. The composite was adjusted (Levels, Curves) in Photoshop 7.
Note: Also visible is NGC1907 (the smaller open cluster) to the lower right
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