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Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Contains:  Beehive, M 44, NGC 2632, Praesepe Cluster
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Messier 44: The Beehive Cluster, 


            James Schrader
Messier 44: The Beehive Cluster
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Messier 44: The Beehive Cluster

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Orion 8" f/3.9 Newtonian Astrograph

Imaging cameras: Canon 450D EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi

Mounts: Orion Atlas EQ-G

Dates:Dec. 19, 2015

Frames: 16x360"

Integration: 1.6 hours

Avg. Moon age: 8.32 days

Avg. Moon phase: 59.87%

Basic astrometry details job: 3642484

RA center: 8h 40' 25"

DEC center: +19° 39' 0"

Pixel scale: 1.331 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 65.900 degrees

Field radius: 0.900 degrees

Resolution: 4075x2666

Locations: Home (Front Yard), Jefferson City, MO, United States

Data source: Backyard


Messier 44, also known as the Beehive Cluster, is an open cluster in the constellation Cancer. It is one of the closest open clusters to Earth at approximately 550 light years away.

This image was captured from my home observatory at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.


16 x 360s, ISO 800
43 darks, 55 flats, 300 bias

Equipment: Canon 450D, Orion 8" f/3.9 Newtonian Astrograph @ 800mm, Baader MPCC Coma Corrector, Hutech LPS D1, Orion Atlas EQ-G

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James Schrader
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Messier 44: The Beehive Cluster, 


            James Schrader