M34 - OPEN CLUSTER IN PERSEUS

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.



GEAR USED:

Camera: Canon 7D Mark II

Telescope: Orion 8" Astrograph f/3.9

Mount: Atlas EQ-G motorized Mount

Coma: Baader MPCC Coma Corrector MkIII

Guiding: Starshoot Autoguider - 50mm Guide Scope

Processing: Pixinsight

ACQUISITION DETAILS:

Total Exposure Time: 1 hour

Exposure Time per frame: 3 minutes

20 lights - 15 Darks - 15 Bias

ISO: 800


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.

COOL FACTS
  • At a distance of only 1,500 light years away

  • One of the nearest Messier Object from Earth

  • About 200 millions years old


FINAL THOUGHTS

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.


Clear Skies,

Galactic Hunter


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