Messier 35

This open cluster is one of my favorite to look at through an eye piece. The blue stars glitter like jewels over an area about the size of the full moon. Unlike many astro-images, the camera does not do justice to this object, best seen through a low power eye piece.

Nearby to the lower left is the smaller cluster NGC 2158. While smaller in appearance, it is actually five times further away and is much larger than it appears.

Image Details
Camera: Canon T1i (unmodified)
Optic: Takahashi FC-76 @ f/8
Exposure: 46x2 minutes
ISO: 1600
Mount: Paramount ME
Date: January 29/30, 2011
Other: Imaged from Lake Mary, FL

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Messier 35