Thursday, July 27, 2017

imaged M26 (Halifax)

In my "race" to view the entire Messier catalogue, I quickly viewed some objects. That is, I didn't linger. And I kept, in some cases, scant notes. For Messier objects that I can only find one blog entry for, I'm trying to view them again. Or image them.

BGO imaged open cluster Messier 26 in Scutum. Viewed only once.

open cluster Messier 26 in luminance

Luminance only, 60 seconds subexposures, 10 stacked shots. FITS Liberator, Paint.NET. North is up; east is left.

It is an attractive clustering in a busy part of the Milky Way. There are a number of little strings of stars. I look forward to processing this in full colour.

Near the centre of the open cluster there is a known double star. They are nearly equal in brightness, canted north-west through south-east, with the brighter partner to the north-west. This is TDT 1033.


Wikipedia link: Messier 26.

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