M38 Cluster

M38 Cluster by Jaspal Chadha, London, UK. Equipment: Takahashi 130, iOptron CEM60, QSI 690 CCD, LRGB.

Jaspal Chadha


Takahashi 130
ioptron cem60
qsi 690 ccd
lrgb 5 x 300 seconds

M38 is the third and faintest of the three Messier objects located in the constellation of Auriga.

M38 is located 4,200 light years from Earth and has an apparent diameter of 21 arc minutes, which corresponds to a spatial radius of 25 light-years. In total it contains about 100 stars and has an estimated age of 220 Million years.