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Southern Pleiades: The visually brightest Open Cluster in the Southern Constellation Carina is IC 2602. It is sometimes also called Southern Pleiades due to its resemblance to the Pleiades Cluster in the Northern Sky also called the Seven Sisters. It`s distance is about 500 LY.

Beneath IC 2602 there is another Open Cluster (see especially the Hi-Res version) much further away with the designation of Melotte 101.

Object Southern Pleiades
Category Open Clusters
Designation IC 2602
Constellation Carina
Optics Takahashi FSQ 106 ED f/5 x 0.73 reducer
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 5min each Baader RGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code RGB
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 13 Dec 2010
Remark A spider cross in front of the objective lens has been used for this image
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