Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Cancer (Cnc)  ·  Contains:  Beehive cluster  ·  M 44  ·  NGC 2632  ·  Part of the constellation Cancer (Cnc)  ·  Praesepe  ·  The star Asellus Australis (δCnc)  ·  The star Asellus Borealis (γCnc)  ·  The star ηCnc  ·  The star θCnc
The Beehive Cluster (M44), 



    
        

            Scott Davis
The Beehive Cluster (M44)
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The Beehive Cluster (M44)

Acquisition details

Dates:
Jan. 24, 2015
Frames:
One-Shot Color: 45×60(45′) ISO800
Integration:
45′
Darks:
9
Flats:
40
Flat darks:
40
Bias:
40
Avg. Moon age:
4.49 days
Avg. Moon phase:
21.13%
Bortle Dark-Sky Scale:
2.00

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 517278

RA center: 08h40m44s.4

DEC center: +19°4528

Pixel scale: 7.895 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -2.155 degrees

Field radius: 3.953 degrees

Resolution: 620x413

File size: 169.8 KB

Locations: Big Stump, Kings Canyon National Park, CA, United States

Description

Open Cluster M44, known as the Beehive Cluster, is a beautiful, large open cluster in the constellation Cancer. It is one of the closest clusters, at a distance of just 577 light years. Because of its size and brightness, it has been known since ancient times.

This is one of my favorite objects, because it is the first Messier object that I "discovered" for myself during a star party. As I was just gazing upwards, I noticed a fuzzy object in the sky, and used my iPad to confirm that it was, indeed, a deep sky object.

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The Beehive Cluster (M44), 



    
        

            Scott Davis