Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Canis Major (CMa)  ·  Contains:  30 tau CMa  ·  NGC 2362  ·  The star τCMa
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NGC 2362, 



    
        

            Gary Imm
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NGC 2362

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NGC 2362, 



    
        

            Gary Imm
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NGC 2362

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Orion EON 130mm ED Triplet APO

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool

Mounts: Astro-Physics Mach1GTO

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 60mm Guidescope

Guiding cameras: Orion StarShoot AutoGuider Pro Mono

Software: Main Sequence Software Sequence Generator Pro

Filters: Astrodon Green 31mm Gen2 I-Series  ·  Astrodon Blue 31mm Gen2 I-Series  ·  Astrodon Red 31mm Gen2 I-Series

Accessory: ZWO EFW  ·  Feathertouch Focuser Boss II Electronic Focusing Control


Dates:Jan. 3, 2018

Frames:
Astrodon Blue 31mm Gen2 I-Series: 50x10" (8' 20") (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon Green 31mm Gen2 I-Series: 50x10" (8' 20") (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon Red 31mm Gen2 I-Series: 50x10" (8' 20") (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 25'

Avg. Moon age: 16.38 days

Avg. Moon phase: 97.08%


Astrometry.net job: 1879167

RA center: 7h 18' 43"

DEC center: -24° 57' 17"

Pixel scale: 0.852 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 91.422 degrees

Field radius: 0.470 degrees


Resolution: 3188x2364

Locations: Backyard (Mag 20.8 - Bortle 4.5), Onalaska, Texas, United States

Data source: Backyard

Description

This object is an open cluster of about 60 stars located 5000 light years away in the constellation of Canis Major. This is one of my favorite clusters. I like it because of the contrast in brightness between the bright star (Tau Canis Majoris, the namesake of the cluster and the only one to have evolved away from the main sequence), and the other still bright but relatively dimmer stars around it. There is no doubt that it is a cluster, in how it stands out from the surrounding sky. It is estimated to be one of the youngest star clusters known.

This was a tough one to process because of the bright star artifacts that always result from using my ZWO camera.

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