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Lodestars of fun with some Open Clusters

26 Oct 2014, 22:22 UTC
Lodestars of fun with some Open Clusters
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Hi all, its been awhile. I've been having a BLAST with the simplicity of my setup and trying to observe a lot. The Lodestar X2 and LodeStar Live have been absolute pleasures to use, and since the camera itself is very lightweight, I decided to change pace a bit and try a old 80mm f5 scope I have had laying around collecting mostly dust for the last 5 years. The scope is optically fair at best, but I'm please with the results.Here is my observing session from the early morning hours of October 26th 2014. All images are with the Celestron 80mm f5 refractor and the Lodestar X2 camera, captured without ANY post processing with Lodestar Live.We start with Orion Nebula and the Flame Nebula. Yes not open clusters, but c'mon, if M42 is up I'm taking a look! My favorite of the bunch below has to be M35, just a wonderful open cluster, and a smaller, dimmer NGC 2158 to the lower left adds a bit of a challenge to catch visually as well. What's your favorite? Let me know, and I hope you get the chance to catch these open clusters this fall and winter for yourself. Eyeing

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