Software & Processing Notes
CCDSoft, CCDStack, Photoshop CS w/ the Fits Liberator plugin,
Noel Carboni's actions
and Russell Croman's GradientXTerminator.
PixFix32 (pre-beta) to
repair hot/cold pixels and column defects.
eXcalibrator for (b-v) color calibration, using 7 stars from the
CCDStack to calibrate, register,
normalize, data reject, combine sub exposures & color combine for
PhotoShop CS3 for
and LLRGB combine
North is to the
bottom, I think it looks better up side down.
M34 is an open
cluster, with about 100 stars, in the constellation Perseus. At a
distance of 1,400 light, years its apparent size is slightly larger
than the full Moon. The age of the cluster is about 180 million
years. M34's discovery is attributed Giovanni Batista Hodierna,
sometime before 1654, and independently discovered later by Charles
Messier on August 25, 1764.