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Open Cluster M37: This is the brightest among the three Messier Open Clusters in the constellation Auriga. It represents a well developed cluster of several hundred stars with quite a few already in the state of Red Giants. The age is about 300 Mio years. It is in a distance of 4700 LY and 25 LY extended.

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


Object Open Cluster M37
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation M 037
Constellation Auriga
Optics Alluna-RC20 Ritchey-Chretien 20 inch f/6 with Reducer
Mount Zeiss GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 5min each RGB, Baader filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing MaxIm DL5, Photoshop. Color Code RGB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 6 Dec 2013
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