M34 Open cluster

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M34 Open cluster

Postby andrewscomputers » Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:19 pm

Hi all this is an image I took on the 31st October and a took a video,I then put it through autostakkert and once stacked put it into registax.I then used gimp to further enhance the image and ended up with the following image as attached.
Thanks for looking.
Andy
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Re: M34 Open cluster

Postby Aratus » Sat Nov 05, 2016 11:46 pm

I'm having difficulty in identifying these groups of stars. Could you post a single frame to look at? Also could you remind me what equipment you are using?
I use an 11" Celestron SCT (CPC 1100) on an equatorial wedge, housed in a 2.2m Pulsar observatory. I use a ZWO ASI1600MC and Canon 500D for imaging.
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Re: M34 Open cluster

Postby andrewscomputers » Sun Nov 06, 2016 5:13 pm

Hi Aratus,
I am using a Skywatcher 200p reflector and a gpcam mono with a clear lens,I thought it was m34 because it was in the east in that evening but the seeing was not that good.l remember of the image it had three stars that were showing up in the shot and I will try and get a still image of the video.
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Andy
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Re: M34 Open cluster

Postby Aratus » Sun Nov 06, 2016 5:42 pm

To be honest Andy, I don't recognise anything in the image. I've tried flipping it about too. It seems to have a lot of stars in it though. M34 is half way between Algol in Perseus and Almach in Andromeda. Its a fairly loose cluster with distinctive curved 'arms' of stars. The image you get should fill the entire frame with the cluster if you are using it through the telescope. Are you using the camera with a separate wide-angle lens, or through the telescope?
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Re: M34 Open cluster

Postby andrewscomputers » Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:05 pm

Hi Aratus I do not think it is but the night I was in the garden it was quite partly cloudy but I now was 5 stars in a sort of zig zag line and looking on my planisphere it could be near Lacerta.My camera goes into the eyepiece of the telescope and was using a 2inch to 1.25 inch adapter which centres the camera with my scope.
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Andy
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Re: M34 Open cluster

Postby andrewscomputers » Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:31 pm

Hi Aratus this is another image of the same part of sky but have not modified the image as the first one.
Thanks
Andy
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Re: M34 Open cluster

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Re: M34 Open cluster

Postby dave.b » Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:30 pm

Use a plate solver to locate it. Plenty on the web to choose from.
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Re: M34 Open cluster

Postby andrewscomputers » Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:37 am

Hi Dave thanks for the advise,I will give a plate solver a go once I get another image can you recommend any.
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Re: M34 Open cluster

Postby andrewscomputers » Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:42 pm

Hi all an updated picture of M34 using a plate solver with my oringinal image and used deepskystacker on about 10 images,this is the result hope you enjoy. :D
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