Abell 426 Perseus A Group Cluster of Galaxies

This is a large cluster containing 190+ galaxies. The Perseus Galaxy Cluster coves at total of 863' within the constellation of Perseus. a 10 degree field has at least 660 galaxies and some data lists 1000 galaxies. NGC 1275 the brightest (just above center) of the group is readily seen in modest amateur scopes of 8" or more. The area above is approximately 53' x 35' and a zoomed in view reveals some details within NGC1275 (E-type). NGC1275 shines at magnitude 12.6 and a distant 235 million light years from Earth. What you are seeing is how it looked 235 million years ago.
 
Telescope / Lens TEC 140 f/7
Mount Type Astrophysics 1200
Camera SBIG ST10XME
 Filters Astrodon LRGB
 Film   CCD
 Exposure 165 minutes; LRGB (L=90,RGB=25@)
 Processing CCDSoft, CCDStack, AIP, Photoshop CS2
 Date  10/24/2008
 Location 25 miles SE of Cottage Grove, Oregon; 122° 52.595' W 43° 31' N
 Conditions 4568' magnitude 6 Skies; Clear & 5-7 m.p.h. wind

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