Open Cluster in Cassiopeia

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Although the constellation Cassiopeia resides in a rich section of the Milky Way and contains many star clusters, Messier 52 is only one of two deep-sky objects that made it onto Messier's list (along with another open cluster, Messier 103). Messier 52
is a rich cluster of over 200 stars covering an area of sky about 1/3 the diameter of the full Moon.

Magnitude 6.9
Apparent Size 13'
Distance (light yrs) 4,600
Right Ascension 23:24.2
Declination +61 35
Field of View 29' x 22'

Image details:  Exposure times of 36 minutes luminance and 9 minutes each of red, green, and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 14" Meade LX850 telescope at f/6.

November 2014