Deep Sky
MNGC869-884

Double Open cluster
Constellation: Perseus
This cluster was first recorded by Hipparchus, but that’s only part of it.  Most historians feel they were known long before his recording.  Both are located some 7,600 light-years from us.  Astronomers figure these youngsters are approx 12.5 million years old and only a few hundred light-years apart.
I get kidded regularly about enjoying the ‘clusters’, I think this is one of my favorites and I’m not ashamed one bit.  I think they are beautiful.  Located between Perseus and Cassiopeia, these beauties are easy to find.  Use a small telescope and check these guys out and you too will fall for the ‘clusters’.
10 images stacked
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03-12-13