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M26

 

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M26 is a small open cluster in the constellation Scutum.  As open clusters go this one is... well... pretty boring really and is somewhat lost in the star background of the galactic plane.  M26 is relatively close at 5,200 light years distant and about 21 light years across.

 

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Date:  10/01/2008

Location:  Okie-Tex Star Party

Telescope:  LX200 10" SCT @ f/6.3

Mount:  AP-1200 GTOCP3

Camera:  Hutech Modified Canon 350D @ ISO 800

Exposure Count:  6 x 5 min, 30 minutes total exposure

Guiding:  SBIG ST402ME, CCDSoft

Post Processing:

ImagesPlus:  Dark and flat calibration, align and combine, digital development

Photoshop CS2:  Smart sharpen, levels

NeatImage:  Noise reduction

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