Updated: Oct 28, 2019
Messier 34 is an open cluster that lies about 1,500 light years away from us, making it one of the nearest clusters from Earth. It is located in the constellation of Perseus.
Although M34 is a bright and fairly large object from the Messier catalog, it is not a very popular target for amateur astrophotographers. Why? Because it is not one of those very impressive objects out there. It also doesn't have a cool nickname like many other Messier Objects.
Camera: Canon 7D Mark II
Telescope: Orion 8" Astrograph f/3.9
Mount: Atlas EQ-G motorized Mount
Total Exposure Time: 1 hour
Exposure Time per frame: 3 minutes
20 lights - 15 Darks - 15 Bias
LOCATING MESSIER 34
M34 lies in the constellation of Perseus, not far from Andromeda and Triangulum.
It can be seen with binoculars and any size telescope, and is pretty easy to find in the night sky. Under very dark skies, you may be able to spot this cluster with the naked eye, assuming you have good vision.
At a distance of only 1,500 light years away
One of the nearest Messier Object from Earth
About 200 millions years old
This open cluster in Perseus may not be very popular for astrophotographers, but its colors and bright stars make for a wonderful image! The best part? Just one hour is enough to get this kind of result.