Finding Owl Cluster

Owl Cluster is nice and easy to find. Look for the constellation of Cassiopeia and locate Epsilon Cas which is the left hand Star of the big “W” that makes up Cassiopeia. Follow a line down to the 2nd Star called Delta Cas and the Owl Cluster is just off of this line past Delta Cas. Imaging This is by far one of my favourite things to look at in the night sky. It isn’t just its shape which is like a little owl, it is the way that it’s “eyes” sparkle. Simply beautiful. It’s called the Owl Cluster due to its shape and along with the two bright stars that double as the owl’s eyes certainly make this a stunning view. This, like all clusters is nice and easy to image as you don’t need long exposures. The longer your exposures, the more Stars that will appear in your final image. Just be careful not to make them too long as you will over expose and “bloat” the brighter Stars.
(Image from SkySafari 6 Plus)

Owl Cluster

Description: Open Star Cluster Common Name: Owl Cluster : ET Cluster Messier Catalogue: N/A NGC: 457 Constellation: Cassiopeia Size: 20.0 Arc Minutes Visual Magnitude: +6.40 Distance: 7,900 Light Years

Image Specification

Date Taken: 18/10/2018 Dark Site?: No, Garden Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Reducer/Flattener?: x0.8 Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Guided?: No Guiding Software: PHD2 Filter: Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 800 Video: N/A Light Frames: 10 x 30 Seconds Dark Frames: Bias Frames: Flat Frames: Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3
Circumpolar, Never Sets
© Paul’s Astrophotography 2020 Galaxies Nebulae Narrowband

Finding Owl

Cluster

Owl Cluster is nice and easy to find. Look for the constellation of Cassiopeia and locate Epsilon Cas which is the left hand Star of the big “W” that makes up Cassiopeia. Follow a line down to the 2nd Star called Delta Cas and the Owl Cluster is just off of this line past Delta Cas.

Owl Cluster

Description: Open Star Cluster Common Name: Owl Cluster : ET Cluster Messier Catalogue: N/A NGC: 457 Constellation: Cassiopeia Size: 20.0 Arc Minutes Visual Magnitude: +6.40 Distance: 7,900 Light Years

Image Specification

Date Taken: 18/10/2018 Dark Site?: No, Garden Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Reducer/Flattener?: x0.8 Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Guided?: No Guiding Software: PHD2 Filter: Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 800 Video: N/A Light Frames: 10 x 30 Seconds Dark Frames: Bias Frames: Flat Frames: Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3
Circumpolar, Never Sets
Imaging This is by far one of my favourite things to look at in the night sky. It isn’t just its shape which is like a little owl, it is the way that it’s “eyes” sparkle. Simply beautiful. It’s called the Owl Cluster due to its shape and along with the two bright stars that double as the owl’s eyes certainly make this a stunning view. This, like all clusters is nice and easy to image as you don’t need long exposures. The longer your exposures, the more Stars that will appear in your final image. Just be careful not to make them too long as you will over expose and “bloat” the brighter Stars.
© Paul’s Astrophotography 2020