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The Beehive Cluster (M44) in Cancer

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The Beehive Cluster (M44) in Cancer

Started by tdsobservatory on Jan 18, 2020 at 4:30 AM

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  1. tdsobservatory

    tdsobservatory Member

    Dec 13, 2017
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    Weatherly, Pennsylvania
    Messier 44 – The Beehive Cluster (or also called the Praesepe) is a open cluster that lies in the constellation Cancer. M44 has a visual brightness of magnitude 3.7, so it is easily visible using a modest telescope and can easily be seen using binoculars (it is actually much nicer in a wide-field view). Distance is around 577 light years. Total number of stars in this cluster are in the range of 200 to 350.

    Tech Specs: Williams Optics REDCAT, Celestron CGEM-DX mount (pier mounted), ZWO ASI071MC-Pro running at -25C, 15 x 60 second exposures, GAIN 200, guided using a ZWO ASI290MC and Orion 60mm guide scope, ZWO UV/IR cut filter. Captured using SharpCap v3.2. Image date: December 22, 2019. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, PA, USA. beehive_15min_122219_RCUV_ssmall.jpg
  2. Orion25

    Orion25 Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2016
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    Beautiful image. You're doing great work with that REDCAT :D

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