Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Cancer (Cnc)  ·  Contains:  Beehive cluster  ·  M 44  ·  M 67  ·  NGC 2632  ·  NGC 2682  ·  Part of the constellation Cancer (Cnc)  ·  Praesepe  ·  The star 27Cnc  ·  The star 45Cnc  ·  The star 50Cnc  ·  The star 60Cnc  ·  The star Acubens (αCnc)  ·  The star Asellus Australis (δCnc)  ·  The star ηCnc  ·  The star θCnc  ·  The star ο1Cnc  ·  The star ο2Cnc
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M44 and M67 in Cancer, 


            Gary Leavitt
M44 and M67 in Cancer
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M44 and M67 in Cancer

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Nikon Nikkor 85mm f1.8D lens

Imaging cameras: Canon EOS T1i modified

Mounts: Astrotrac TT320X AG

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS 5

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 1082524

RA center: 08h45m47s

DEC center: +15°5504

Pixel scale: 53.498 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -168.941 degrees

Field radius: 7.471 degrees

Resolution: 800x609


Messier objects M44 (Praesepe) and M67 both in the same Field of View. M44 also known as the Beehive Cluster, lies at an estimated distance of only 520 light years and was studied by classical astronomers Ptolemy and Galileo. Whereas M44's age is estimated at 600 million years, M67 is one of the oldest open clusters known at over 4 billion years.


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M44 and M67 in Cancer, 


            Gary Leavitt