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M35 (NGC 2168) in Gemini

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#1 CarlosEH

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 12:40 PM

I was able to observe the impressive open cluster M35 (NGC 2168) at the foot of Gemini on February 10, 2009 (01:45 U.T.) using my 9-inch (23-cm) F/13.5 Maksutov-Cassegrain at 97x under average seeing conditions (5/10). A multitude of stars were visible across the telescopic field. This open cluster was discovered by the French astronomer Philippe Loys de Cheseaux (1745-46) and later catalogued by Charles Messier. M35 lies at a distance of approximately 2,800 light-years and contains hundreds of stars over the diameter of the Moon (30 arc-minutes). This cluster contains main sequence (e.g. hot B3 stars) and post-main sequence stars (yellow and orange giant, G to K). One of the most beautiful objects to observe in the heavens.

A digital image produced using Photoshop CS3.

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http://www.hawastsoc.../gem/index.html
http://www.maa.clell...ier/E/m035.html
http://www.nightsky....5_N2158_APO.jpg

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#2 JayinUT

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 03:26 PM

Carlos,

For me you captured the beauty and variance of this cluster. I enjoy the hint of color in your sketch and the faintness of stars that you've captured. Good luck in your next observation and sketch. You wonderful work.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 04:06 PM

Carlos,

How beautiful! Wow.
I wished that all clusters showed such a wealth and detail as in your wonderful sketch! :bow: :rainbow: :bow:

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 06:30 PM

Carlos,

A stunning sketch of a great and showy open cluster. Nice work on the multitude of faint stars. You are a man of amazing talents at the eyepiece drawing board. :rainbow: :cool: :bow:

Frank :)

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 08:30 AM

Frank, Jay, and Rony

Thank you for your kind compliments on my M35 observation. I always enjoy observing this spectacular open cluster. The amount of stars visible are daunting to record but well worth the effort. The best of luck in your own observations.

Carlos

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 11:32 AM

Wow great sketch, you have really done well capturing the different mags. of the stars bravo!

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 02:17 PM

Tommy,

Thank you for the compliment on my M35 observation. It is one of my favorite targets in the sky. The best of luck in your own observations.

Carlos






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