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Open Clusters M48: This Open Cluster is one of the less conspicuous clusters in Messiers famous list of Deep Sky Objects. It is located at the border of the constellations of Hydra and Monoceros. It spans about 23 LY in a distance of 1500 LY.

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Object Open Cluster M48
Category Open Clusters
Designation M 048
Constellation Hydra
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 3x5min each Baader RGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark and Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar and Skywatcher ED 80 as Guide Scope, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code RGB
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 7 Feb 2011
 
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