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NGC 457

The Owl Cluster, E.T. Cluster, or Lobster Cluster

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This open cluster in Cassiopeia is a favourite for visual observers. It's two prominent eyes and unmistakable wings/arms help observers visualize this as an Owl, a Lobster, or E.T. The smaller cluster above and to the right is NGC 436.

Takahashi Sky 90 at f/4.5
SBIG STL-4020M (unguided)
Hutech LPS Filter
R:12, G:12, B:12 (3 minute subs)
Processed in Maxim/DL and Photoshop
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