NGC 654 - Open Cluster in Cassiopiea

NGC 654 (Herschel 27) is an open star cluster lying approximately 7820 light years away in the constellation of Cassiopeia. It was discovered by William Herschel in 1787.

Several dark nebulae are nearby. LDN 1332 is at the upper left of the cluster. LDN 1334 is at center left and LDN 1337 is at bottom center. Also, a small, faint reflection nebula - VD 6 - is near the upper right of the cluster.


Takahashi TOA-130NFB

Camera: Modified Canon 650D; raw capture; ISO 1600
Mount: iOptron CEM 60
Guiding: QHY 5L-II on 60mm guide scope

30 @ 5 min.


Images were focused using the camera's live view and a Bahtinov mask. They were converted in Camera Raw and were aligned and combined in ImagesPlus. The final image was adjusted in Photoshop.


Taken from my backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota on 11/11/20

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