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Butterfly Cluster: This wonderful Open Cluster in the constellation of Scorpius was already know in ancient times. It is in a distance of approx. 1600 LY and is a feast to observe even with  small binoculars

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

Object Butterfly Cluster
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation M 006
Constellation Scorpius
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 3min 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, Photoshop. Color Code RGB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 19 Apr 2012
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