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Open Cluster M36: This is a relatively young Open Cluster with an age of about 25 Mio years. Therefore even the heavy members of this group have not yet developed into Red Giants. As can be seen in the image there is no star with yellow colour. The cluster´s distance is 4100 LY with an extension of somewhat 14 LY.

The image was taken at the observatory of IAS at Hakos Farm in Namibia.


Object Open Cluster M36
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation M 036
Constellation Auriga
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 2min each RGB, Baader filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing MaxIm DL5, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code RGB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 3 Dec 2013
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