vdB 18 and NGC 1342

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Location / Date

Zellerndorf, October 2017

Telescope / Mount / Guiding

ASA 10" Astrograph, ASA 3" Wynne-Corrector (focal length 910mm)
ASA DDM60, no Guiding

Camera / Exposure

Moravian G3-16200, Astrodon filters

Lum    77 x 6min
R      20 x 6min
G      20 x 6min
B      20 x 6min

Total exposure time: 13h 42min


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Van den Bergh (vdB) 18 is a small reflection nebula in the constellation Perseus. It is located in the northern edge of the Perseus cloud. The Perseus Cloud is a large nebula complex and star forming region which covers the region from NGC 1333 over LBN 749, IC 348 to the California Nebula (NGC 1499). VdB 18 is illuminated by the variable star V496 Persei.

NGC 1342 is an open cluster containing around 60 stars. Its age is estimated at 450 million years and is therefore a cluster of intermediate age, in which the original most massive stars have already completed their life cycle.

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