Derby and District Astronomical Society

Caldwell 14 (NGC 869 and 884)
The Double Cluster

Open Clusters in Perseus      RA 02h 20m 00s  Dec +57d 08m 00s

[Caldwell Index]


Brian Dodson captured this image of the Double Cluster on the 23rd February 2016. He used a Canon 300D camera with his Explore Scientific 127 mm refractor at prime focus, an 8 second exposure and ISO 1600. The image has been enhanced slightly using the levels setting in GIMP. With the moon only 1 day past full Brian comments "I was very chuffed with this result and I'm eager to try again when the moon isn't a factor".  Image Copyright: Brian Dodson.



This image of the Double Cluster was taken by Chris Newsome through a Skywatcher 102T refractor (4" f/5) on the 23rd November 2006. Chris used a Canon EOS300D camera (unmodified) fitted with a 2" Astronomik CLS filter and guided with a Meade DSI through a Skywatcher 80T using a GPUSB guide interface controlled by MaximDL. The image is 15x300secs at 400ASA (1.25 hours of data), combined in MaximDL and then processed in CS2.  Image Copyright: Chris Newsome.



Adrian Brown took this image of the Double Cluster in October 2006. He used an 80ED refractor, a ATK16HR CCD camera, Astronomik RGB filters and an Astronomik CLS light pollution filter. The whole cluster was too big to fit onto the CCD chip of Adrian's camera so he used a 2 panel mosaic to produce the final of the cluster, taken over 2 nights. Maxim DL was used to create the mosaic image. Exposure details were Red 11 x 3 minutes, Green 11 x 3 minutes, and Blue 17 x 3 minutes. Maxim DL was used to calibrate and combine the raw exposures. Adobe Photoshop was used to increase the star colour saturation and smooth the background noise.  Image Copyright: Adrian Brown.



This image of the Double Cluster was taken by Chris Newsome on the 3rd September 2006. He used a Canon EOS 300D camera with a Skywatcher 80T refractor and Astronomik CLS filter. Sixteen 300 second exposures at 200ASA (1hr 20mins) were taken. This set up was guided by a Meade DSI camera through a Celestron C8-NGT with a GPUSB interface and controlled by MaximDL. The original TIFF images were calibrated and combined in MaximDL, and then processed in CS2 (Curves, RGB Levels, GradientXTerminator) before being converted to JPEG.  Image Copyright: Chris Newsome.



Chris Newsome took the following image of The Double Cluster on the 19th July 2006. He used a Celestron C8-NGT telescope with a Canon EOS 300D camera. This setup was guided by a Meade DSI camera and a Skywatcher 80T telescope using a GPUSB interface and controlled with MaximDL. Ten 4 minute exposures at 200 ASA were calibrated and combined in MaximDL and processed in CS2.  Image Copyright: Chris Newsome.



This lovely image of the Double Cluster was taken by Chris Newsome on the 17th November 2005. He used a Canon EOS300D camera at the prime focus of a Celestron C6-N. The image comprises seven 60 second exposures stacked and dark subtracted in K3CCDTools and then processed in Photoshop v7 using GradientXTerminator, curves and RGB Levels. The sky was extremely bright due to the near full moon, so heavy processing was required to remove the glow.  Image Copyright: Chris Newsome.



This wide field image of the Double Cluster was taken by Chris Newsome on the 22nd October 2005 with assistance in image processing by Adrian Brown.  Image Copyright: Chris Newsome.


The following two images show the Double Cluster in Perseus as taken by Chris Newsome on the 9th August 2005. Details are given on the second image.  Image Copyright: Chris Newsome.


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