Caldwell 14, The Double Cluster in Perseus, NGC 869 and NGC 884

Caldwell 14, The Double Cluster in Perseus, notably containing NGC884 and NGC869

This is one of my favorite open clusters! It was one of the first deep-sky objects that got me hooked on the stars when I started down this astro-path. Check it out in binoculars, small telescopes, or even naked eye. It’s amazing. I always picture a gingerbread man in the center of NGC869…

The double cluster, Caldwell 14, contains NGC 884 and NGC 869, and is located in Perseus. Both clusters are approximately 7500 light years from earth. (source: Wikipedia)

Image details:
Data acquired on 2013-09-28
9x5m ISO800 sub exposures
Calibrated with dark, flat, and bias frames

Equipment:
Vixen ED80sf 80mm APO refractor
Celestron CG-5 ASGT mount
Orion SSAG autoguider + 50mm guide scope
Canon T2i 550D DSLR (Baader IR modded by Gary Honis)
Orion Field Flattener

Software:
Image acquisition with BackyardEOS
Guiding with PhD
Calibration / alignment / integration and post-processing with PixInsight

 

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