The Double Cluster

85. The Double Cluster


NGC 869  RA: 2h 19.0'  Dec: +57 09'   Perseus (Per)

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The Double Cluster (also known as Caldwell 14) consists of the open clusters NGC 869 and NGC 884 (often designated h Persei and χ Persei, respectively), which are close together in the constellation Perseus. Both visible with the naked eye, NGC 869 and NGC 884 lie at a distance of 7,500 light years.
 

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Location Cypress Hills SK
Date Aug 8 2007
Optics Stellarvue Nighthawk II
Filters None
Mount Modified Synta HEQ5
Camera Canon Digital Rebel XT
ISO 800
Subexposures 5
Exposure Length 60
Guider Orion SSSI on a Stellarvue 80/9D
 

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