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Open clusters

Small Magellanic Cloud

Small Magellanic Cloud

One of the farthest objects you can see with your bare eyes. Friendly extra-galactic neighbor, passing by. Together with its larger counterpart the LMC these galaxies dominate the lower half of the sky in southerly direction. Viewed from Tivoli Southern Guest Farm, they are (barely) […]

Cassiopeia's Heart

Cassiopeia's Heart

Cassiopeia's heart1)Not to be confused by the heart nebula, a massive star-forming region on the cassiopeia border , the nameless middle star of the conspicuous 'W' in the sky, shows a surprise in this deep image. The big questions of astronomy these days are: what […]

Seven sisters

Seven sisters

A birthplace of stars in the constellation taurus. About the picture Capturing was done over 3 nights, for a total of 10 hours. The telescope was wrapped in thermal blanket to prevent radiative cooling messing up the focus. Capturing was pre-programmed for the nights, with […]

Blue Pixiedust

Blue Pixiedust

The southern crown is one of the smallest constellations, but harbors one of the nicest fields in the sky. In the center lies the Coronet Cluster, a small, nearby (400ly) star forming region containing a handful of bright, young stars whose blue light reflect off […]