IC2602, Southern Pleiades, and Melotte 101
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Southern sky is wonderful and filled with any kind of splendors that us,
Northern hemisphere observers, cannot even imagine! But the Southern
counterpart of Pleiades is an exception, as the stars are dimmer and
without any surrounding nebula. Nevertheless an apparent magnitude of 1.9 is notable. And a nice and compact open cluster
(Melotte 101, below) is able to counterbalance the absence of a nebula. Furthermore the background
is filled with dark nebulae in front of the Milky Way stars of Carina.
||Pentax 75 apo
||40 min (single
exp of 10 min)
||Canon EOS 5D
with Baader filter
||Tivoli Farm (Namibia) at 1350 m height
|2 September 2011
100 mm focal length
|Sky brightness at zenith (with SQM-L)
||21.3 mag/arcsec^2 (very high Moon!)
was imaged as a filler because the first part of the night was penalized
by a very bright Moon high in the sky. So the SQM read only 21.3...
This image is a collaborative effort of the Namibia 2011 expedition.
Processing: Lorenzo Comolli. Images by: Lorenzo Comolli, Luigi Fontana,
Giosuè Ghioldi, Emmanuele Sordini.