Abell 1656 galaxy cluster in Coma Berenices

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The most celebrated galaxy cluster of Coma Berenices (and of the whole sky) is without doubt the Virgo-Coma galaxy cluster. But nearby (in the sky, 16°) and much further (in the space, 330 Mly vs. 54 Mly) lies Abell 1656. This cluster is composed of over 1000 galaxies, most of them are packed in the central part (seen above). For a better view take a look at the full field and full resolution by clicking on the image.

Technical Data
Optics TEC 140
Focal Length
1011 mm
Focal Ratio f/7.2
Exposure Time 8 h 20 min (single exp of 10 min), LRGB 240:80:70:110 min
CCD SBIG STL-11000M @-40°C
Location Pian dell'Armà (PV, Italian Apennines) at 1350 m height
8-9 February 2013 (two nights)
Mount Gemini G-41
Tracking Lodestar on an 80mm f/5 refractor
Temperature and humidity T= -13 °C, RH=50%
Sky brightness at zenith (with SQM-L) 21.3-21.4 mag/arcsec^2
Notes North at top. Labels from Perseus software.

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