Constellations

Auriga – The Charioteer

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Auriga - The Charioteer

A famous constellation in the winter Northern Hemisphere sky, Auriga contains many very interesting objects and nebulae.  Arguably the most important of these objects are the famous Open Clusters M36, M37 and M38, all of which I have imaged individually.

This image was taken in January 2020 from my backyard in Nottingham, UK on my modified (i.e. with the IR filter removed) Canon DSLR 1100D and a Canon 50mm lens.  It is composed of 80 x 90s exposures at ISO 800 at F4, mounted on a Skywatcher Star Adventurer sky tracker mount.  Astrophotography does not have to be expensive and you can achieve great things with a DSLR and a tracking mount!

Auriga
Auriga

Below, to the left, is an annotated version of the above picture and it shows many of the interesting objects present within the constellation of Auriga.  You can see the many Sharpless catalog (Sh2) objects as well as the more famous Messier  open clusters. To the right is a high contrast inverted view of the image.

I hope you like this page and found it useful.

Auriga_Annotated
Auriga Annotated Version
Auriga_Inverted
Auriga Inverted Colour Version

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