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Contains:  Beehive cluster, M 44, NGC 2632, Praesepe
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M44 - Beehive Cluster, 


            Stacy Spear
M44 - Beehive Cluster
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M44 - Beehive Cluster

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Astro-Tech AT72ED

Imaging camera:Canon 7D

Mount:Losmandy G11 Gemini 2

Guiding telescope or lens:CELESTRON C11

Guiding camera:ZWO ASI 120MC

Focal reducer:Hotech SCA Field Flattener

Software:Backyard EOSAdobe Photoshop CC (64 Bit)LightroomPixInsight 1.8 PixInsight version 1.8



Resolution: 3500x2627

Dates:Nov. 29, 2016

Frames: 98x120"

Integration: 3.3 hours

Darks: 0

Flats: 0

Flat darks: 0

Bias: 0

Avg. Moon age: 29.51 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.00%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: None

Mean SQM: None

Mean FWHM: None

Temperature: None

Basic astrometry details job: 1364910

RA center: 8h 40' 17"

DEC center: +19° 47' 31"

Pixel scale: 1.886 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 89.534 degrees

Field radius: 1.146 degrees

Locations: Charlottesville, Charlottesville, VA, United States


I like clusters and when I had some time at the end of a session on The Sisters, I swung the scope over to the Beehive. Lots to learn still. I had to correct stars in Photoshop, etc, etc.



Stacy Spear
License: Attribution-NonCommercial Creative Commons


  • M44 - Beehive Cluster, 


            Stacy Spear
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    M44 - Beehive Cluster, 


            Stacy Spear


Description: Worked on some of the colors and over processed stars. This new version is 100% PixInsight except for the label.

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M44 - Beehive Cluster, 


            Stacy Spear