Enchanted Skies


Galaxy Cluster Abell 1060

Abell 1060 Map of the Region near M31


Object Information                                            Imaging Details

Abell 1060 is a galaxy cluster, about 165 million light years away. Its central region includes six NGC galaxies brighter than 14th magnitude within a 20 arcminute field. The cluster is dominated by a pair of giant ellipticals, NGC 3309 and NGC 3311. Also known as Hydra I, Abell 1060 is a member of the Hydra - Centaurus Supercluster.

Several galaxies are visible through a telescope of moderate aperture. Abell 1060 was a target on the advanced observing list at the 2009 Texas Star Party. It looked so nice through my 16", that I decided to image it the next night through my C11/Hyperstar.

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Celestron NexStar GPS11
Canon 350D (modified)
Misc. Optics:
HyperStar 3
33 x 5 minutes @ ISO 1600
Through Orion ED80 piggybacked atop C11. Autoguiding was done with GuideDog and a ToUCam.
Images were aligned and stacked in Nebulosity. Curves, levels and sharpening adjustments were done with Photoshop CS3. Noise reduction was performed with Noise Ninja.

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