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Brocchi's Cluster


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Brocchi's Cluster is actually an asterism, not a true cluster, as many of the members do not have the same proper motion. Nevertheless it is a bright and beautiful showpiece in the constellation Vulpecula that is visible to the naked eye, and best viewed in binoculars. The tiny but very dense open cluster NGC 6802 near the left edge is a striking contrast, and is a true cluster of stars.  This asterism is also known popularly as the Coathanger.

You may notice in the top-right quadrant a little red smudge. It turns out this is Sh2-83A, a small nebula.

Takahashi Sky 90 at f/4.5
SBIG STL-4020M (self-guided)
Takahashi EM-200
Hutech LPS Filter
RGB: 30 minutes each channel (5 minute subexposures)
Processed in Maxim/DL and Photoshop
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