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    Took this pic of The Starfish Cluster tonight. I hardly knew that stars formed these objects in space

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzin View Post
    ToI hardly knew that stars formed these objects in space
    Not quite sure what you mean by "these objects" - clusters?
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    Default Re: M38 tonight

    Nice one Jazzin. Thanks for sharing.
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    Default Re: M38 tonight

    I should have said formed these shapes
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    Default Re: M38 tonight

    Very nice! Great job!
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    Default Re: M38 tonight

    Quote Originally Posted by jazzin View Post
    I should have said formed these shapes
    Oh, ok, I got you now. Well they don't truly form the shapes in a real sense. That is just line of sight from our perspective of course. Sort of how many double stars are merely line of sight positions, and aren't really near one another at all, though of course there are true binary stars that are gravitationally linked. But humans like to form familar shapes in other objects, as well as name things. A lot of open clusters in particular, can have familiar patterns to the human eye. But of course, if we could see them from a totally different perspective in space than where we are, they would look different.

    One I can recommend is NGC 457 in Cassiopeia. It has various nicknames but is mostly know as the Owl Cluster, the ET Cluster, or the Kachina Doll Cluster. My eyes see it easily as an owl with two eyes and outstretched wings. I can see it looking like ET to some, but less like a Kachina doll. Try it and see how your mind's eye perceives it. Even from my backyard I can see its "eyes" in my 8x50 finderscope. But a telescope is the best way to get a sense of its pattern.

    Even M13 can be seen to have a starfish like pattern to it because of five prominent arcs of stars eminating outward from its core. Having a larger scope helps to discern that, by being able to resolve some of its stars.
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    Already took a pic of the ET Cluster or Dragonfly cluster

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    A superb image, thanks for posting!
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    Nice shot.

    I shot M38 last night also, but I haven't had a chance to look / stack at the images yet.

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    Default Re: M38 tonight

    Quote Originally Posted by jazzin View Post
    Already took a pic of the ET Cluster or Dragonfly cluster

    cluster2.jpg

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    Indeed that is NGC 457 in all its glory! But, I gotta ask, what is that donut of light in the image? Since I don't do AP, I haven't a clue what it might be, unless its some sort of internal reflection?
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