Astrophotography by David Gares

Open Cluster M103

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M103 is a small open cluster of 50 stars in Cassiopeia.  One of the three brighter stars is distinctly orange, but you can't tell that from my photo.  Daylight was fast approaching and there was also the thickest haze I've ever imaged through, so the color saturation did not work out.  I only squeezed out one image before it was hopeless so I couldn't do any stacking.  I could not see any of Cassiopeia stars visually, nor could I see Polaris due to the haze.

 Open Cluster M103
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 Object Details:  
 Type:  Open Cluster
 Constellation:  Cassiopeia
 Distance:  8000 light-years
 Size:  15 light-years

 Image Details:
 Date:  July 25, 2004
 Site:  Harahan, LA (hazy skies)
 Exposure:  CCD, 1 x 5 min.

 Filters:  Orion SkyGlow LPR
 Processing:  MSB Astroart 3.0
 Telescope:  10" Meade LX200
 Reducer:  Meade f/4.3
 CCD:  Starlight Express MX7C
 Autoguider:  S.T.A.R. 2000