Abell 2151 Hercules Galaxy Cluster
Abell 2151 Hercules Super Cluster of Galaxies Abell 2151 (Hercules Cluster) is a cluster of approximately 100 galaxies 650 million light years away within the constellation of Hercules. I attempted my own Deep Field while setting up remotely here in Oregon for one night. I wanted to go as deep as I could and took over 4 hours of CCD images to capture as many galaxies as possible. I have counted over 200 galaxies in this image; I believe some are very faint and small background galaxies. You can see several interacting galaxies that are within the Hercules Cluster. While this is no-where near what larger instruments can resolve with long exposures I am pleased with what a small telescope can accomplish in one night.
 
Telescope / Lens TEC 140 f/7
Mount Type Astrophysics 1200
Camera SBIG ST10XME
 Filters Astrodon LRGB e-series of balanced filters (generation 1)
 Film  CCD
 Exposure 260 minutes (4 hours 20 minutes) LRGB (L=200 m (6x20, 6x10 4x5) RGB=20 each, 5 min. subs
 Processing CCDSoft, CCDStack, AIP, Photoshop CS2
 Date  07/24/2009
 Location Snow Peak, S/E of Cottage Grove, Oregon 122° 52' 35" W, 43° 31' 21"N
 Conditions 4658' elevation, magnitude 6 Skies; Clear ; Humidity 65-82% 51 degrees, wind 5-6 M.P.H.

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