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NGC281 is the designation for a cluster of high mass stars that are 'only' 6,500 light-years away. They are also elevated from the galactic plane, making for easier observation. A thick band of dark cosmic dusk creates the illusion of a gaping mouth on what is called the Pacman Nebula.
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Telescope:   Celestron EdgeHD 9.25
Length:   1645mm
Aperture:   235mm
F-stop:   f/7.0
Sessions:   1
Captured:   2022-10-02
Lights:   113
Exposure:   180
Total exposure:   5 h
Ra:   0h 52m 25.8s
Dec:   +56° 35' 27.265
Size:   26.591 x 35.638 arcmin
Radius:   0.371 deg
Scale:   0.38 arcsec/pixel