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Contains:  Praesepe, M 44, Beehive cluster, NGC 2632
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Messier 44: The Beehive Cluster, 


            James Schrader
Messier 44: The Beehive Cluster

Messier 44: The Beehive Cluster

Technical card

Resolution: 4075x2666

Dates:Dec. 19, 2015

Frames: 16x360"

Integration: 1.6 hours

Avg. Moon age: 8.32 days

Avg. Moon phase: 59.87% job: 915957

RA center: 8h 40' 25"

DEC center: +19° 38' 56"

Pixel scale: 1.330 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 114.110 degrees

Field radius: 0.899

Locations: Home (Front Yard), Gravois Mills, MO, United States


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

Processed in Pixinsight



James Schrader
License: None (All rights reserved)

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Messier 44: The Beehive Cluster, 


            James Schrader