M44 CLUSTER

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Jaspal

London

Skywatcher Espirt 100ED
QSI 690 CCD
L x 2 @ 500 seconds
RGB 2 @ 500 seconds each
Ioptron CEM60 mount

M44 is a sprawling open cluster that is also known as the Praesepe or Beehive cluster. It’s the brightest and most prominent deep sky object in the constellation of Cancer. Visible to the naked eye under dark skies, the cluster appears like a large misty cloud covering over 1.5 degrees of sky. The brightness and size of M44 results from its close proximity to Earth; it lies a mere 577 light-years distant.

To the bottom right of the image UGC 4526 — Galaxy which is approx MAG 14.5

On the top of the image lays PGC 024284 approx MAG 15.2

2014-02-24T00:00:00

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