M6 - Butterfly Cluster
Location: Warrumbungle Observatory, Australia (149 11 E, 31 16 S)
Date: various nights October 2012
Camera: QHY-9 and QHY filters
Telescope: William Optics M120
Frames: Forteen 10 minute luminance frames and twelve 300 second exposures for each of RGB.
Processing: Stacked in CCDStack, balanced, curves, highlights and increased colour in Photoshop SC5.
Text from APOD: To some, the outline of
the open cluster of stars M6 resembles a butterfly. M6, also known as NGC 6405, spans about 20 light-years and lies
about 2,000 light years distant. M6 can best be seen in a dark sky with binoculars towards the constellation of
Scorpius, coving about as much of the sky as the full moon. Like other open clusters, M6 is composed predominantly
of young blue stars, although the brightest star is nearly orange. M6 is estimated to be about 100 million years
old. Determining the distance to clusters like M6 helps astronomers calibrate the distance scale of the