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Open Clusters are the delights of our night skies, scattered throughout the volumes of space these deep objects lure even the oldest and wisest astronomers.

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M45 - The Pleiades

One of the most famous and most noticed open clusters in the evening sky lying in the constellation of Taurus.
Image taken on the 17/11/2006  60 sec exposure at f/5.6

 


A marvel for southern astronomers NGC 4755 The Jewel Box, an open cluster with many different coloured stars lying just off Beta Crux in the Southern Cross. Image taken on the 17/11/2006  60 sec exposure at f/5.6

 

IC 2602 The Southern Pleiades lying in the constellation of Carina with a mag of 1.6 easily visable to the naked eye. Taken on the 3/7/2007 63 sec exposure at 1600 ISO.

 

M41 in the constellation of Canis Major.

2min  exposure at 800ISO Afocal Saxon ED80 and piggybacked on a 10" LX200GPS, Autoguided with the DSI. Taken on the 1/3/2008.