Some open cluster goodness.
It has been a little quiet around here lately... probably because of that darn moon.
I love it when I can point my telescope at the Milky Way and take pictures of open clusters.
I took a wide field h-alpha image of the area around Sharpless 2-101 a few weeks ago which also included the open clusters NGC 6883 and NGC 6871. I went back and took a look at a color image I took of this field a couple of years ago and re-processed it to bring out a little more of the red emission nebula that is everywhere in the background.
TheSkyX tells me that there are 7 different open clusters in this field that are contained in its databases.
Here is a link to the Astrobin "fit to window" view. Take a look at 100% resolution view by clicking on the full resolution button in the upper right corner.
Some of the highlights of this field are:
- NGC 6883, the bright group of stars just to the left of center,
There are numerous Barnard and Lynd's Dark Nebula scattered throughout the field that are partially obscured by the multitudes of foreground stars.
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/