M 35 and NGC 2158

About image
M 35 (near the center of the image) and NGC 2158 (on the right) make up a nice pair of open clusters in the constellation Gemini.
M35 apparently measures about 30' and contains about 200 components included between magnitudes 8.3 and 13.
The distance has been estimated in about 2800 light years, which is equivalent to a real size of about 24 light-years in diameter; the age was instead indicated for 110 million years.
NGC 2158, on the other hand, is a much weaker cluster due to the greater distance at which it is located, more than 16,000 light years: therefore it also appears strongly obscured by interstellar dust that is interposed along the line of sight.

Technical data
Optic           Tecnosky Apo Refractor 115 - 800mm f/6.9
Mount        10Micron GM1000 HPS
Camera         Atik 4000 with Starlight external filter wheel 5 positions
Filters       Baader RGB 50.8 unmounted
Guiding system    10Micron GM1000 HPS
Exposure details   R 8x300" bin1 -20C
           G 8x300" bin1 -20C
           B 8x300" bin1 -20C
Total integration   2h
Acquisition      Maxim, PHD2
Processing      Pixinsight 1.8, Photoshop CS5
SQM-L        21.0    
Location       Pian dell'Armà (Pavia, Italy)
Date           29 October 2016

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