Messier 34


M34 is an open cluster located in the constellation of Perseus. It is visible under dark sky conditions with naked eye, but is best viewed through a low power telescope. There are numerous small galaxies visible in this image, notably PGC 10457 near the left edge of the field. It is a good example of a barred spiral galaxy.


Telescope: Astro-Physics 160mm EDF f7.5 Designation: M34 & NGC 1039
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Constellation: Perseus
Camera: Apogee U16M with Astrodon Gen II Filters Distance: Approx 1400 Light Years
Guiding: SBIG ST402 via Mini Borg 60mm Type: Open Cluster
Exposure: 5 Hours 30 Minutes RGB Position: R.A. 2 hr 42 min , Dec +42047'
Processed using PixInsight Date: September-October 2013
Acquisition: CCDAutopilot/MaximDL/The Sky 6/M1OASYS Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village