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The  Southern Pleiades
29-MAR-2012

The Southern Pleiades

IC 2602 (and Caldwell 102) (also known as the Theta Carinae Cluster or Southern Pleiades) is an open cluster in the constellation Carina.
The cluster is at a distance of about 479 light-years away from Earth and can be seen with the naked eye.
The Southern Pleiades (IC 2602) has an overall apparent magnitude of 1.9, which is 70% fainter than the Taurean Pleiades, and contains about 60 stars.
Theta Carinae, the brightest star within the open cluster, is a third-magnitude star with an apparent magnitude of +2.74.
All the other stars within the cluster are of the fifth magnitude and fainter.
Like its northern counterpart in Taurus, the Southern Pleiades spans a sizeable area of sky, approximately 50 arcminutes, so it is best viewed with large binoculars or telescope with a wide-angle eyepiece. (WIKI)

Imaged with the Boren-Simon 8" F2.8 POWERNEWT Astrograph.
SBIG ST8300M with FW5 filterwheel with BAADER HaLRGB filters
LRGB with 8 min LUM and 6 min for each color (BIN 2x2)
Total of 24 minutes.

Imaged from Tivoli farm in Namibia June 2011


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