NGC 1528 - Open Cluster in Perseus

Posted by ayiomamitis
on Sunday, February 06, 2011

 

by Anthony Ayiomamitis

The open cluster NGC 1528 in Perseus illustrated above is within a degree of another bright and large open cluster (NGC 1545, mag 6.2) to the southeast as well as the emission nebula Sh2-209 due west. NGC 1528 can be found to the immediate east of λ-Persei (mag 4.26). Lying at a distance of 1530 light-years away, NGC 1528 is estimated to be between 270 and 370 million years old (depending on the source). Comprised of approximately 100 member stars spanning approximately 16 arc-minutes in diameter and measuring at least 8.78 magnitude, this cluster is well detached from the background sky owing to the fair number of bright member stars in the central core. NGC 1528 is best observed during fall and winter when it is furthest north of the celestial pole after the end of astronomical twilight. 

Technical Details:

Date: Feb 05, 2011 @ 19:30 - 21:35 UT+2

Location: Athens, Greece (38.2997° N, 23.7430° E)

Equipment: AP 160 f/7.5 StarFire EDF, AP 1200GTO GEM, SBIG ST-10XME, SBIG CFW10, SBIG LRGB + IR-block

Integrations: LRGB @ 30:30:30:30 using 3-/6-min subs, 1x1 binning, 1.16" per pixel, CCD @ -30.0° C

Further Details: http://www.perseus.gr/Astro-DSO-NGC-1528.htm

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