Messier 44 (Beehive Cluster, Praesepe)




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Location / Date

Zellerndorf, Nov 2019 - Jan 2020

Telescope / Mount / Guiding

ASA 10" Astrograph, ASA 3" Wynne-Corrector (focal length 910mm)
ASA DDM60, no Guiding

Camera / Exposure

Moravian G3-16200, Astrodon filters

L 54 x 10min, R 12 x 5min bin2x2, G 12 x 5min bin2x2, B 12 x 5min bin2x2

Total exposure time: 12h

Processing

PixInsight, Fitswork, Photoshop

Notes

Messier 44 is an open cluster in the constellation Cancer. It is one of the nearest open clusters to Earth, containing a larger population of stars than other nearby bright open clusters. Under dark skies, the Beehive Cluster looks like a small nebulous object to the naked eye. The distance is about 600 light years.

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