κ Cas, NGC 146, NGC 133
κ Cas, NGC 146, NGC 133
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κ Cas, NGC 146, NGC 133
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2020-Oct-12
Exposures RGB 90/95/94 x 2m = 9h 18m
Processing: SGP, MaximDL, Gimp
Telescope: CFF132,STF-8300M,GM1000
Guider: LE80,LSX2,GSO2X
Kappa Cassiopeiae, a blue supergiant in Cassiopia near the open clusters NGC 146 and NGC 133.
Kappa Cassiopeiae (κ Cas) is a moderately bright blue supergiant with an unusual spectrum. The visual magnitude of the star is 4.16 and the spectral type is listed as B1Ia. κ Cas is 1457 parsecs away (4752.098 light years).

This star is sometimes called a "runaway" star, meaning it is moving through space very fast compared to most other stars. There is an interesting Spitzer photo on Wikipedia of this star that shows the bow shock in front of the star.

NGC 146 and NGC 133 are two small, and sparse open clusters in the Cassiopeia constellation. NGC 146 is the grouping of moderately bright stars roughtly half way between Kappa Cas and the top of the image. NGC 133 is the upside down "Y" shaped group of stars directly to the right of NGC 146. Both of these clusters are almost indistinguishable from the stars in the background.

This is a two panel mosaic made from original data on κ Cas and the NGC objects. About four hours and half hours per image was collected over four different nights. The total time for the final composite image came out to 9 hours 18 minutes. The links to the original images are included below.

Images of Kappa Cassiopeiae, NGC 146 and NGC 133
κ Cassiopeiae imaged with a CFF132 refractor and an SBIG STF-8300M CCD camera
κ Cassiopeiae
NGC 146 and NGC 133 imaged with a CFF132 refractor and an SBIG STF-8300M CCD camera
NGC 146 and NGC 133
Two panel mosiac made from the Kappa Cassiopeiae image and the NGC 146 and NGC 133 image
Two Panel Mosiac
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