British Astronomical Association
Supporting amateur astronomers since 1890

Secondary menu

Main menu

BAA Community

NGC 2281 - Broken Heart Cluster


Expand image

About this observation
John Hughes
Time of observation
23/03/2019 - 21:45
NGC 2281in Auriga
Observing location
North Essex, UK
William Optics Z61
ZWO ASI294MC Pro Cooled Camera
Celestron AVX Mount
Orion Mini 50mm Guide Scope
ZWO ASI120MM-S Guide Camera
Unity Gain 120

As open clusters go NGC 2281 doesn't have much to shout about when comparing it to the Beehive Cluster or Pleaides and appears not to be a common target for Astrophotographers. However, what it does have is a name which accurately depicts what you see.

It's a bit of a magic eye moment, but stare at the bright star in the centre of the frame. This is the 'point' of the heart which sits above it.

20 light frames of 100 s each.

15 dark frames,

25 flat and bias frames.

Thank you for dropping by.


Copyright of all images and other observations submitted to the BAA remains with the owner of the work. Reproduction of the work by third-parties is expressly forbidden without the consent of the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the webmaster.