NGC 225 - Open Cluster in Cassiopeia

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NGC 225 is an open star cluster that lies approximately 2,000 light years away in the constellation of Cassiopeia. It is sometimes referred to as the Sailboat Cluster. It was discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1783.

Also associated with this cluster is the bright nebula vdB4 (LBN 604). This may be the remnant of the nebula that formed this star cluster. The dark nebula visible at the upper right is LDN 1302. The thin dark nebula right of center is LDN 1292.


152mm APM-LZOS (TMB design) f/8 refractor.

Camera: Modified Canon 650D; raw capture; ISO 3200
Mount: iOptron CEM 60
Guiding: Orion SSAG Pro on 200mm f/3.5 Takumar lens

14 @ 5 min.


Images were focused using the camera's live view. They were converted in Canon Digital Photo Professional and were aligned and combined in ImagesPlus. The final image was adjusted in Photoshop. Topaz Detail and DeNoise were applied.


Taken from my backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota on 1/1/16. Temp: 24 F

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