Astrophotography by Anthony Ayiomamitis

Deep Sky Object Image Gallery

Open star clusters are widely distributed in our galaxy and represent a loose collection of stars which number from a few dozen to a few hundred stars and are weakly-held gravitationally. Perhaps the three most famous such open clusters are the Pleiades (M45) in Taurus, the Beehive (M44) in Cancer and the double cluster in Perseus. They are all characterized with a handful of hot and white prominent stars and nebular material surrounding these stars.

Note: Open cluster NGC 2682 is one of two major open clusters in Cancer (along with M44). It is one of the oldest known clusters with estimates ranging from 3.2 to 10 billion years of age (a recent study suggests 4.0 billion years of age). It has an apparent diameter similar to that of the full moon and is comprised of approximately 500 member stars including 200 white dwarfs. The dominant member stars include SAO 98178 (mag 7.83) lying to the northeast and several stars to the south whose magnitudes range from 9.77 to 10.8 (all yellow giants are characteristic of the advanced age of the cluster). The cluster was discovered by Johann Gottfried Koehler prior to 1779 and independently rediscovered and catalogued by Messier in 1780. The cluster lies than two degrees from Acubens (-Cancrii, mag 4.25) and lies overhead around midnight during winter.

Note: For an earlier version from 2007 taken under better skies but a less-sensitive camera, click here.

Please click on the image below to display in higher resolution (1200 x 900)

Image Details
M67 - Open Cluster in Cancer
Imaging Details
NGC Number:
2682

Common Name(s):
N/A

Other Designations:
Cr 204, Mel 94

Object Type:
Open Cluster

Object Classif:
II 3 r

Constellation:
Cancer

RA / Dec:
08h 51m 20s /
11 48' 43"


Distance:
2,700 light-yrs

Object Size:
30' x 30'

Magnitude:
6.1
Date:
Feb 05-06, 2011
23:05 - 01:10 UT+2


Location:
Athens, Greece

Equipment:
AP 160 f/7.5 StarFire EDF
AP 1200GTO GEM
SBIG ST-10XME
SBIG CFW10
SBIG LRGB filters


Integrations:
Lum :  030 min (10 x 3 min)
Red :  030 min (05 x 6 min)
Green :  030 min (05 x 6 min)
Blue :  030 min (05 x 6 min)
Binning :  1x1 (Lum),  1x1 (RGB)

Image Scale:
1.16" per pixel

Temperatures:
Ambient : + 08.0 C
CCD Chip : - 30.0 C

Software:
CCDSoft V5.00.201
CCDStack V1.6.0.5
eXcalibrator V1.0.4.1
Aladin V6
Photoshop CS2