Antilhue - Chile

NGC 2972 in Vela
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Image Data

Designation NGC 2972,  Bennett 41a
Object type Open cluster
Coordinates 09h 40 min    - 50° 20'   (Vel)
Description This inconspicuous little cluster made it into Jack Bennett's list of comet-like objects, a testimony to his observing skills with a 5" refractor at 21x magnification.  NGC 2972 is a mag 9.9 open cluster located in central Vela, about 5° north-west of Phi Velorum.  Dreyer calls it small (4'), not rich in stars, and compressed toward the west (right). It contains about 25 stars of magnitude 11.5 and fainter.

The field of view is  37 x 25 arcminutes while north is up.

Exposure LRGB 40:16:16:16 min @ -20°C ;  all exposures 4 min unbinned
Camera SBIG STL-11000 with Astronomik Type 2 filterset  -  selfguided
Optics RCOS 14.5" Ritchey-Chrétien @ f/9 (prime focus)
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Registar, PixInsight V.1, Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 03Apr2005 @ 03:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 8,  Seeing 8, Temperature  + 9°C